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Industries > Silicone Printing

Silicone printing technology is getting popular in the textile printing industry. For a long time, Plastisol (PVC) and water-based PA/PU ink systems have been used by the printers. However, there are serious disadvantages of plastisol and water-based inks, such as low washing and ironing resistance, poor hand feel, low elongation etc.

Compared to PVC and other plastic-based products, silicones have Si-O bond, which allows them to have the following properties:

  • Heat resistance
  • Chemical stability
  • Electrical insulation
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Weatherability and ozone resistance

The chemical bonding energy of the Si-O bonds is 444 kJ/mol and 348 kJ/mol for C-C bonds.The high chemical bonding energy of silicon with oxygen (Si-O) provides stability against degradation by UV radiation.

Plastics such as PVC contain many additives and plasticizers, which give them flexibility, softness, and other physical properties. For example, PVC contains plasticizers such as DEHP (Diethylhexyl phthalate) or DINP (Diisononyl phthalate). These phthalate based plasticizers have been found to cause health problems when in direct contact with bodily fluids. On the other hand, silicones have no harm to human health and are being used in several industries such as medicine and food.

Latro is offering a unique product range of silicone printing inks, which are specifically formulated depending on the application. What makes our silicone inks special:

  • Unique formulations based on the application
  • Excellent physical properties such as tear and tensile strength, elongation, washing and ironing durability
  • Ease of colorability
  • Long pot life (>48 hours)
  • Fast curing when the temperature is elevated
  • Environment friendly
  • Contains no toxic substances