Flint Group removes mineral oil from sheetfed process inks

The move followed an internal review by the group
The move followed an internal review by the group

Print consumables manufacturer Flint Group has revealed that all of its sheetfed process inks are now mineral oil free.

The full range of Flint Group’s K+E process series is now exclusively made from more sustainable formulations, the company said, under its plans to increase the use of environmentally friendly raw materials and to make packaging easier to recycle.

As of July, mineral oil has also started to be phased out as a raw material during Flint Group’s sheetfed bulk manufacturing processes, meaning the company will eliminate the substance across its operations.

The move followed an internal review by the group, according to Roy van der Pijl, commercial director, Offset Packaging Solutions.

He said: “At Flint Group, we pride ourselves on supplying sustainable sheetfed inks to the print industry, aiming to support our customers’ environmental objectives while reducing our own impact on the planet.

“Although most of our sheetfed ink ranges were already made from sustainable, bio-renewable raw materials, we recognised that using mineral oil in the remaining few was hindering our sustainability efforts.

“That’s why we’ve conducted this review and why I am delighted to announce that our remaining mineral oil-based sheetfed process inks are now being produced from more sustainable raw materials.”

Emil Schroetter, technology director, sheetfed at Flint Group, added: “Removing mineral oils from Flint Group’s sheetfed process inks will help us take even greater action towards reducing carbon while preserving the high press performance our inks are renowned for.

“This announcement is a significant step for the offset printing sector, and enables Flint Group to respond quickly to changing regulations.”

There have been growing concerns over the environmental effects of mineral oil-based inks over recent years. In January, France prohibited using more than 1% mineral oil in printing inks for commercial and packaging applications, with the limit reducing to 0.1% by 2025, signalling the start of changing regulations worldwide.

Flint Group said its announcement supported the growing regulatory movement away from mineral oil in printing inks while supporting the de-inking process by preventing residual oil from adhering to paper fibres during recycling.