Post Date: October 1, 2020

Inkjet Inks for BOPP Films

The use of BOPP (Biaxially Oriented PolyPropylene) films is on the rise in packaging.  A recent study by MarketsandMarkets™ projects the category to grow from $24.2 billion in 2020, to $31.4 billion by 2025 (CAGR of 5.3%).

BOPP films are used in food packaging to replace cellophane in applications such as snacks, nutritional supplements, consumer goods and more.  These films have excellent gloss and high transparency, and also provide a moisture resistant barrier to protect its contents from harmful germs and chemicals.  BOPP films are also known for increased toughness, improved oil and grease resistance, and enhanced clarity & stiffness.  Recycling is another advantage of BOPP.

From the packaging perspective, BOPP films can be run at high speeds with optimum printing performance.  They have a vast range of applications, which include packaging, labeling and lamination. More and more manufacturers are using plastic pouches made of BOPP to safeguard their products.  White and opaque colored BOPP films are used for general purposes like printing pouches, cable over wrap, strip packaging for cough drops, and heat sealable BOPP films for over wrapping.

Inkjet for BOPP filmsTo support the growth of BOPP, inks have been developed for the printing and coding of these special films.  HP 2590 is a fast dry ink with a wide range of substrate coverage focusing on untreated BOPP.  The new ink from HP is leveraged by the industrial coding industry such as market leader Markoprint® and other HP-based print systems. HP 2590 black solvent ink is meant to target untreated BOPP films, in applications where durability of handling and fast dry time are required.  The ink also has good durability on treated BOPP, PE, PET, UV, Aluminum foil and PVC.

Another compelling differentiator of HP 2590 is GMP compliance.  “HP 2590 inks can be used to print coding and marking text and bar codes on the non-food contact surface of many types of food packaging, in compliance with applicable regulations and commonly referenced industry standards.”  HP, working with accredited analytical laboratories, has performed migration testing to confirm HP 2590 (and HP 2580) inks are compliant with overall and specific migration limits.  Customers can ascertain a copy of the Statement of Composition for HP 2590 ink, to confirm its compliance with prevailing regulations.

To test the coding of HP 2590 on your specific substrate, contact AT Information Products by calling (201) 529-0202, or complete the Contact form here.