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Carbon Group boosts innovations in high-relief inkjet printing

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Carbon Group boosts innovations in high-relief inkjet printing

Carbon Décor is responding to demand for sustainable innovation with a new technology enabling brands to decorate flacons, jars, and bottles with unique high-relief finishes.

Carbon Group, with two sites in France, is specialized in decorations for bottles and jars intended for perfumery and cosmetics, as well as decanters, and wine and spirits bottles. “The group’s strategy has always been to invest in innovation,” points out Olivier Carton, president and founder of Carbon Group. And this is true at every level, including surface treatments, lacquering, and metallization.

It also applies to full-color inkjet on glass, plastic, and metal, and, more recently, high-relief inkjet printing. The company’s latest investments also concern environmental efficiency. “Inkjet printing generates less waste, and is more efficient in terms of ink and electricity use; the inks are only polymerized with LEDs in order to ensure low energy consumption,” notes Carton.

CSR has become central to the company’s strategy, and Carbon Group is mobilizing its resources to take concrete action in support of sustainability. “We have informed our customers of our decision to stop producing enamel decorations in 2022. In addition, the group only sources green electric power,” he adds. Carbon Méta is now certified Platinum by EcoVadis.

Creative technology

In addition to being sustainable, this new technology, which involves printing directly onto glass, gives the final product volume and texture. Brands can therefore take creativity to a whole new level. The glass molds no longer need to be modified, and the technology is capable of producing elegant decorations and more refined details. It was developed in 2020 and industrialized in 2021. “The technology can combine colored decoration with relief, much like a wax seal,” explains Julien Sickersen, Business Development Director at Carbon Group. “It can be combined with other internal processes offered by the Group, such as metallization or lacquering.”

To date, Carbon Décor is the only French company equipped with the high-speed, high-relief inkjet process on an industrial, repeatable scale. The first projects carried out for customers should be on the market by the end of the year. Discover this innovation at Paris Packaging Week “PCD,” booth G49.

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