IND is our standard water-based ink for coated and uncoated paper and board applications. IND will accept overprinting by most thermal printing ribbons, laser printers, and certain ink jet printers.

IND is available in a wide range of standard colors and a full in-house color matching service is available. Customers are requested to provide all suitable information including printed targets, anilox roll specifications, and samples of the substrate.

Spring’s water-based inks are compatible with most direct thermal papers (with the exception of fluorescent and metallic colors and, depending on the paper, opaque white).

Inks are supplied press ready and, when needed, Spring offers a complete range of water-based ink additives (see our Tech Data Sheet for Additives) in order to maintain consistent quality under all conditions.

Important information for optimum performance

When printing on films or undertaking any direct thermal work, it is essential to carry out pre-production tests to validate the suitability and compatibility of the inks and chosen substrate under the specific press and end-user conditions. In certain cases, our TH range for thermal papers may be an appropriate choice.

Opaque white, fluorescent and metallic inks are not recommended for use with direct thermal work due to their abrasive nature which can cause excessive wear to the thermal heads. Consideration should be given to the location of the printed work as exterior exposure can greatly affect the performance of the ink.

For greater gloss and resistance properties, Spring’s inks ranges are fully compatible with our UV varnish systems.

DryingIR/ Hot Air
Compatibility *
Paper/ Board+++
Thermal Top
Thermal Eco+
Hot Stampable/ Over-Printable++
Humidity & Chemical Resistance
Swiss Ordinance
Nestlé CompliantYes

+++ = excellent

++ = good

+ = acceptable

– = poor

*:always validate new combinations of ink and substrate prior to industrial production


Cleaning solutions

  • NCL-1103 Plate cleaner for water based and UV inks
  • SoftClean Anilox cleaning solution for water based and UV inks and coatings
  • NC-32 Press and parts cleaner for WB inks

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