Since 1943, Polytex Environmental Inks, Inc. has operated as a leading worldwide supplier of environmentally safe water-based inks/coatings. We have manufacturing locations in the United States and the Netherlands which allow us to provide sales, technical assistance throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Warehouse location enables our reach into China and Japan.
We formulate inks/coatings for use with virtually all printing/coating methods, including gravure, flexography, surface print, flat-screen, rotary-screen, wash coating, nip roll, slot, air knife. Each of these methods requires custom-engineered formulations to provide the full range of performance benefits. Ink/Coating customization is our core competency.
Polytex offers two types of inks for printing on furniture laminates:
- Aqueous inks for PETG film
- Aqueous inks for high- and low-pressure furniture laminates
Aqueous Inks for PETG Film
PETG film is commonly used in furniture laminate manufacturing to create high-end glossy finishes on appliances, cabinet doors, and other furniture. Designers typically print on PETG film to add design elements into the furniture piece. At Polytex Environmental Inks, Inc., we offer numerous aqueous ink solutions formulated for printing on PETG films.
The primary characteristics of our PETG film inks include:
- Aqueous inks for gravure print application
- Excellent adhesion to PETG/PET films
- Excellent bond strength for film-film lamination
- Cradle-to-Cradle™ Qualified
- Easy to clean
- No cylinder wear
- Available Extenders, 4-colorant set, metallic ink
- End-uses: Furniture, rigid wall panels
The risk posed by VOCs in solvent-based inks and coatings should be a primary concern for furniture manufacturers. VOCs will release from inks and coatings over time, which poses a risk in homes or offices that purchase furniture containing solvent-based solutions. Aqueous inks and coatings offer an ideal solution for furniture applications because of their low volatile organic compound (VOC) content.
Aqueous Inks for High- and Low-Pressure Furniture Laminates
Many furniture laminates are fabricated using décor paper. The inks are developed for allowing optimal melamine impregnation to create a Formica laminate structure. Polytex has formulated numerous specialty inks for printing designs and colors onto high- and low-pressure furniture laminates.
- Aqueous printing inks for gravure printing
- Melamine impregnable
- High-strength, high-performance specialty colorants
- Low VOC
- End-uses: Paper-based, high-pressure/low-pressure laminates
About Polytex Environmental Inks, Inc.
Rising concern about environmental issues worldwide has driven an increased need for replacing solvent-based inks and coatings to reduce the use and release of products containing hazardous substances and volatile organic compounds. Water-based inks have proven to be a sustainable and high-performance alternative to solvent-based inks. Polytex products offer print fidelity, color uniformity, and consistency during production for an expansive range of printing processes.
Our staff at Polytex Environmental Inks, Inc. welcomes the opportunity to work with you to explore the advantages of aqueous inks and coatings for your application. Please contact us to discuss your needs.