Avery Dennison has introduced a new film topcoat, TC-2000, which has been designed to deliver anchorage and ink flow that enables stronger colours and bolder graphics with a wide range of printing techniques, notably UV inkjet digital printing.

Avery Dennison noted that whilst digital label printing allows brands to streamline workflows, increase their agility and enhance sustainability credentials, often such benefits are achieved by compromising shelf appeal.

Brought to market by Avery Dennison Labels and Packaging Materials, TC-2000 builds on the company’s existing TC-1000 topcoat, but with improved ink anchorage to enhance on-press efficiency gains and improve profit margins by eliminating the need to corona treat or prime on UV print platforms, including UV inkjet digital printing. To achieve this, TC-2000 creates an ‘extremely’ strong bond between ink and film, allowing heavier inks to be laid down to achieve sharp images and bold looks.

While TC-2000 delivers solid, consistent performance across a wide range of printing technologies, Avery Dennison noted that the improved performance of the topcoat is particularly valuable in UV inkjet digital printing, where it enables label designers to confidently employ bold typefaces, gradients, seals and other eye-catching graphics.

As part of the topcoat’s development, it has been shown to work particularly well with Domino’s N610i UV inkjet engine and Domino inks.’

Matt Stein, digital printing demo room manager at Domino, commented, ‘The new TC-2000 from Avery Dennison provides everything we look for when shopping for materials— anchorage, ink flow, and quality results.’

Anh Marella, films marketing director at Avery Dennison, said, ‘The versatility and high performance of TC-2000 allows converters to use the same film for flexo or digital printing, simplifying inventory management. Plus, the process efficiencies enabled by this new topcoat create additional benefits and make TC-2000 an ideal choice for traditional and digital printing.’