ACTEGA Launches Signite to Transform the ‘No Label Look’ Market and Provide a Zero Waste Future
ACTEGA, manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds for the print and packaging industry, officially launches Signite™: a revolutionary, ACTEGA patented, premium quality decorating solution, designed to significantly reduce, and one day eliminate, waste in label production.
Depending on the decoration design, the technology can currently reduce label waste by over 50 percent compared to a similar footprint pressure sensitive label by elimination the label matrix, reducing the decoration thickness to about a third of that of a typical clear pressure sensitive label and eliminating label media plastic in non-print areas.
Furthermore, with Signite decorations comprising substantially less material mass than alternative modalities such as pressure sensitive labeling and shrink sleeves, this novel alternative is much more accommodating to current recycling processes and the expanding brand led container re-use programs beginning to dominate single-use glass packaging throughout the world.
The ground-breaking Signite decorations reportedly represent a true alternative to “no-label look” labels, bringing the look and feel of direct to container screen or digital printing with the efficiency of pressure sensitive labeling. The decorations are produced using slightly reconfigured narrow web flexo or hybrid digital printing processes running at standard narrow web printing speeds.
Small to mid-sized brands have the potential to utilize these new or modified variations of their printing assets immediately, therefore allowing for relatively seamless scaling of their decoration production as the Signite technology continues to commercialize.
Transfer of the Signite decorations to containers requires designed-for-purpose variations of pressure sensitive labeling equipment. The first Signite in-line applicators launched into the market address rigid cylindrical containers at lower throughput speeds. Subsequent system designs, that are in different stages of prototype development, will address aluminum and asymmetrical containers along with thin-walled container types requiring inflation for decoration transfer.
High speed Signite applicator machines and corresponding decoration media are planned as an inherent part of the technology roadmap and are anticipated to move into prototyping in 2022.
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