INX International introduces Genesis™ GS washable inks for the Label market

Schaumburg, IL – April 24, 2020 – As the third-largest producer of inks in North America, INX International Ink Co. has delivered many innovative contributions to the label and packaging industry. With the backing of Sakata INX worldwide operations, their world-renowned Research & Development Centers are responsible for the development of many unique inks and coatings solutions used for commercial, packaging and digital applications.

Genesis Washaway Bottle

INX’s newest significant solution for sustainability and recycling in the label industry is a real difference maker. GenesisGS washable label inks represent an abundance of environmental, efficiency and print quality benefits. Last month it was recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for meeting or exceeding the group’s strict testing protocol for washable and recyclable PET shrink sleeve applications.

Deinkable gravure solvent ink system

Genesis measures up to the wash off ink recycling processes by meeting or exceeding the PET-CG-02 Critical Guidance Protocol established by APR. It maintains properties in accordance with APR guidelines required for shrink sleeve applications and exhibits excellent bleed resistance in caustic bath solutions. Since the ink is separated from the substrate and removed from the label material during the bath, a complete recyclable package is a real option.

Capable for use on OPP films

Genesis can also be used for floatable roll fed OPP labels so a customer can print multiple label types with one ink system.  Floatable applications require the ink to remain on the substrate after exposure to the caustic bath solution. It has demonstrated excellent results printing at high press speeds, displays fast drying capabilities at low temperatures, and adheres well to several grades of flexible films.

“We are very pleased with the development of Genesis and making it a must-have solution for label providers,” said Mark Hill, Senior Vice President R&D for INX International Ink Co. “The environmental benefits are superb. With the ink cleanly removed from the cPET label or floatable with OPP labels, it allows clear bottles to be made through the circular reuse of recovered materials.”

Hill indicated that INX’s R&D staff was able to troubleshoot a PET concern that arose during the testing process.

“Most shrink sleeve bottles are made of PETG resin, which has a lower melting point than PET bottle flake,” he said. “Given that, the film can turn into what is essentially a glue, clumping the PET bottle flakes and making the PET harder to utilize. Additionally, inks from PETG shrink sleeves can discolor the clear bottle flakes. Our new innovations address that issue.”

Recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers

APR on March 19 informed INX that all colors with and without white backing, and with inside overprint varnish on Bonpet® BR1 crystalizable film met or exceeded APR’s PET-CG-02 Critical Guidance Protocol for Clear PET Articles with Labels and Closures (PDF). The recognition was based on the technical recyclability of the decorated label innovation with PET bottles and applies only to the decorated sleeve labels.

The critical guidance protocol is a multi-industry consensus of key issues related to the recycling of post-consumer PET bottles. It directs innovators to conduct specific testing per established procedures, and the recognition is based on the innovation either meeting or exceeding the most challenging and strictest guidance criteria.

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Genesis GS meets the stringent APR* critical guidance for recycling of PET bottles with shrink sleeves.

*Association of Plastic Recyclers


About INX International Ink Co.

INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America, with full service subsidiaries in Europe and South America and is part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. We offer a complete line of ink and coating solutions technology for commercial, packaging and digital applications. As a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks, we provide a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies and integrated services. To stay in touch with the latest developments, follow INX on Facebook and Twitter and visit