Sun Chemical’s SunTronic® IME inks are approved for production use in IMSE parts after passing the demanding materials testing program from TactoTek®, a Finland-based company that develops, industrializes and licenses in-mold structural electronics (IMSE™) technology. IMSE parts integrate printed electronics and electronic components within 3D injection molded plastics. They combine structure, electronic functions, and aesthetics in single piece, seamless smart surfaces. In IMSE parts, printed electronics can create many features, including circuitry, capacitive touch controls, proximity sensors and antennas. IMSE parts rely on printed silver-based conductive inks and dielectrics to enable multiple layers of printed electronics. “TactoTek is committed to delivering IMSE technology that is predictable, reliably mass produced and performs well through a lifetime of use,” said Paavo Niskala, SVP Advanced Engineering at TactoTek. “IMSE combines diverse materials into a single integrated materials stack, so those materials must be chemically compatible and maintain their electrical integrity through IMSE processing, including thermoforming and injection molding.
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) Board of Directors has announced its increased support of Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper.
NAPIM Executive Director, John Copeland and Director Regulatory Affairs and Technology, George Fuchs will be joining Two Sides’ Anti-Greenwash Task Force to ensure that the views of NAPIM members are considered in Two Sides campaign activities. Membership discussions are also underway with specific companies in the ink manufacturing sector to ensure representation within the Two Sides network of companies and governance.
“Two Sides looks forward to working more closely with the ink manufacturing sector given that it is such a critical part of the graphic communications value chain. The experience and knowledge of NAPIM and its members will be a great addition to our story on the sustainability of print media,” says Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel.
“We believe Two Sides is a premiere organization and one that NAPIM wants to work with and support. Two Sides has been very effective in its campaigns and support of the printing, paper, ink and related graphic arts businesses, both globally and in North America”, says John Copeland, Executive Director of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers.