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Printers are Rethinking the Products They Use

In recent years, the sustainability movement has heightened the awareness of green technology in virtually every industry, and the printing business is no exception. More than ever, printers are rethinking the products they use and the impact those products have on the environment.

Within pressroom chemistry, printers have focused on reducing the VOC in the washes used to clean the inks from blankets and rollers. Typically, they have replaced the high VOC solvents with either VOC-exempt petrol solvents or vegetable oil-based washes. These low VOC washes effectively reduce VOC 50 - 70%. However, printers are now committing to higher sustainability goals and are seeking even more effective press washes with lower VOC.

In response to this growing need, Varn has introduced MicroKleen™ — a new Ultra Low VOC press wash that reduces VOC by up to 90%.

MicroKleen’s patent-pending green technology cleans by encapsulating the ink; allowing the press operator to easily and safely wipe it away with just water. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional washes.

MicroKleen allows you to get back to color immediately with virtually no paper waste, and it is economical because its superior cleaning ability gives you better results with less wash.

“The Varn brand has been committed to green printing for more than 20 years, and MicroKleen is the latest chapter in our long history of product innovation,” says Jeff Pieper, Senior VP and General Manager of Day's Chemical Products Division. “Our customers are very pleased with the performance of MicroKleen and their expanded capability to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations."

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