Mactac Approved for Flexo Printing Constructions

STOW, OH | Mactac Performance Adhesives Group has partnered with ACTEGA inks to receive British Standard (BS) 5609:1986 Section 3 Laboratory Performance of Printed Labels certification as part of an ongoing effort to provide customers with the most durable and convenient chemical drum labeling solutions available, while meeting established industry standards.

The certification applies to Mactac’s polypropylene (PJ6914) and vinyl (VDG6911) substrates for use with four ink colors: black, 185 red, reflex blue, and yellow with a protective varnish

In the US, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements mandate chemical manufacturers, distributors, and end-users use Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)-compliant labels that meet minimum durability requirements for merchant shipping. These GHS compliance requirements are in full effect and must be met by manufacturers, distributors, and end-users alike.

“Mactac has been working diligently to devise convenient solutions for our customers that would, without question, meet these highly recognized standards for durability and environmental resistance,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “By partnering with ACTEGA to obtain this certification, we are giving our customers peace of mind that the entire label—including base material, pressure-sensitive adhesive, and inks—meets the requirements of BS 5609.”

Smithers Pira, an independent testing facility, conducted the BS 5609:1986 Section 3 testing on Mactac’s products. The vigorous testing process encompassed exposing company’s printed labels to a variety of conditions, such as artificial weathering (salt spray and sunlight), tape removal, and interaction with a mixture of sand and artificial sea water to test label durability in marine environments.

As certified solutions, these specially designed chemical drum labeling products can now be mass produced with flexographic printing technology, reportedly saving customers time and money. Additionally, end-users can also incorporate tracking information and barcodes via on-site thermal transfer printing, if needed.

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