INX International - 7/14/2009
INX EcoTech Inks Qualify for NAPIM-Certified Bio-Derived Renewable
The recently introduced EcoTech process color inks from INX International Ink Co. are again leading the way
among “green” ink systems. They are now registered in the NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink
Manufacturers) Bio-Derived Renewable Resource (BRC) certification program, so printers running
environmentally-friendly EcoTech inks can utilize the official BRC label, which also indicates the percentage
of renewable resource material content.
The new NAPIM program offers an industry-wide method for consistently measuring, registering and
communicating the bio-derived renewable content of printing inks. Certification results in a “BRC index”
number, approximating the BRC percentage by weight in the ink formulation.
"While further documenting our commitment to sustainable and renewable-resource products, BRC registration
and labeling also offers printers and their customers the opportunity to do likewise," said Chris Bonk, INX VP -
Technical Director for Offset Inks. "This NAPIM certification program helps broaden the awareness of the
value of many different bio-derived materials that can be utilized in high-performance printing ink formulations
such as EcoTech."
Over 65 percent of EcoTech’s content is bio-derived, with vegetable oils accounting for nearly three-fourths of
EcoTech’s BRC percentage. The proprietary ingredients in the EcoTech formula further enhance performance
of the inks, which conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable for GRACoL G7 certification.
In order to be registered and qualify for the BRC label, each component of an ink formulation is reviewed for its
bio-derived renewable material content before being submitted to NAPIM for confirmation and subsequent
registration. It is then assigned its official BRC index number.
The “70” on the BRC label for EcoTech reflects its high percentage of bio-derived material, which delivers within
the 65.1% to 75.0% range. The ten BRC index categories run from “10” (10.0% - 15.0% BRC content) and
extends to “100” for a 95.1% - 100% BRC formulation.
"For printers and their customers who are committed to more environmentally friendly production, the NAPIM
BRC program confirms that EcoTech provides an ecological option," Mr. Bonk said. "With EcoTech ink,
users are reporting extremely fast start-ups with colors in-balance quickly and fewer wasted sheets. It’s
proving to be a very economical option as well."