With the help of our customers bringing us new challenges, a team of chemists with many years of experience in formulating printing inks, innovate new products or modify existing products on particular demand. Before any problem is dealt with, a profound study and a specified definition is needed. This occurs in very close communication with the customer. For longer term projects, regular intermediate reports are communicated to the customer.
Examples of specific problem solving could be :
modification in printing characteristics through adaptation of rheology parameters
improvement of the fastness properties by using High Performance pigments and durable resins.
Examples of new creative products:
special effects inks.
Improvement of fastness properties is since more than 10 years a major concern at Unico, especially when giving warranties on the light fastness (behind window glass) or weather fastness (outdoor exposure). In order to investigate the fastness properties of it's printing inks, Unico has purchased artificially prolonged exposure equipment, such as a Xenon arc weather-o-meter and a Fluorescent bulb weather-o-meter. Several years of exposure are condensed into a few months, depending on pre-programmed conditional parameter settings, meeting standard test procedures. Some inks in the Solvent and UV Curing range of UNICO withstand 5 Years weathering.