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Agfa low-migration inks scoop Belgian innovation award

An innovation developed by Agfa Graphics to promote sustainable print and packaging has been recognised with a top Belgian technology prize.

The Essenscia Innovation Award 2014 was presented to the company by Princess Astrid of Belgium in December. It acknowledges the specially formulated low-migration UV-curing inkjet inks Agfa has developed for use in food packaging.

These can be optimised for specific packaging formats, and allows them to be recycled without the threat of potentially harmful ink compounds migrating into food from reconstituted paperboard packaging.

Marc Graindourze, business development manager for industrial inkjet inks at Agfa, says: ‘As an innovator in the development of industrial UV inkjet, Agfa defines the most practical and efficient methods available for package printing. Agfa has worked closely with end users, printhead manufacturers and packaging industry experts to launch the low-migration inks.’

François Cornélis, president of the Essenscia Innovation Award jury, says: ‘We made a selection based on originality, added value to the Belgian economy, IP protection and sustainable development.’