INX and CTI announce collaboration
INX, a provider of inks for beer and beverage cans, and Chromatic Technologies (CTI), a manufacturer of speciality inks such as thermochromic, photochromic, ‘Reveal’ and security inks, are set to join forces. The two companies will continue to be owned and operated independently and negotiate separate long-term supply agreements.
The announcement follows CTI’s launch of its ‘High Velocity Inks’ after three years of research and development. These inks deliver more durable and powerful colour in a smaller particle size, and run at higher speeds, resulting in less waste. CTI is aiming to deliver the advantages of high velocity technology to all of its thermochromic inks by mid-2015.
INX and CTI will work to deliver new ideas to customers across diverse industries, such as dairy, beverages, security, children’s products, food safety and a range of consumer package goods. The services offered by the companies will include printing in a variety of ways including offset, gravure, and with conventional and ultraviolet printing ink technologies.
CTI and INK will also offer ‘Innovation Incubator’ services for select customers that offer access to proprietary consumer research, design services, and ideation for pipeline development.
“The new agreement between our two companies will help the packaging world see the most exciting ideas in specialty ink technologies,” says Rick Clendenning, president and CEO of INX International Ink Co. “Bringing together two companies with strong technical and service teams will create an atmosphere where we deliver new, innovative ideas and technologies to our customers in a timely and efficient manner.”