Glass and ceramic decorators using UV curing gain the advantages that plastic decorators enjoy: the ability to directly print multiple colors at high speed, in any color, free of heavy metals, using quick, simple, low-cost curing. UV-curable inks are commonly used to decorate and mark a variety of glass products including beverage bottles, drinkware, mirrors and flat glass, packaging for cosmetics, perfume and personal care products. Regulations restricting the use of inorganic inks containing heavy metals (EU packaging directive 94/62/EC), along with rising energy costs increased the use of UV curing for glass decorating.
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