Marabu specializes in organic inks for glass - a highly effective and energy-efficient alternative to ceramic enamels. Our ink systems score highly on adhesion and come in a variety of colours and special effects - plus they are scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe and free of heavy metals. When mixing colours, another key benefit comes to the fore: reproducing your corporate colours is much easier with organic inks.
To achieve high-gloss gold and silver effects, the glass industry generally employs ceramic inks. These are expensive to purchase, and the firing process is energy-intensive and therefore costly. The attractive alternative: hot stamping with UV inks.
The required image or text is screen-printed onto the glass surface with UltraGlass UVGL primer, serving as a type of cliche for the hot foil. The foil is transferred onto the pre-printed ink film, either through roll-on stamping or vertical stamping – the foil only adheres to the areas that were primed with UVGL. The result is a high-gloss gold and silver finish at a much lower price.
The current trend towards personalized packaging is not the only reason for the growing popularity of digital glass printing. Digital printing is abroad field, and Marabu is right at the center. Both UV-curable inkjet inks, suitable for fast and clean print results on glass and PET bottles, and MaraShield liquid coatings proved very popular.
The liquid coatings can be used as primer, finish, and to protect high-quality digital prints; thanks to the new UV-CGL shades, they can also be used for full coverage of glass surfaces using roller-coating. This makes them especially attractive for interior decorating.