Ecoleaf is a new revolutionary, cost-effective and sustainable green metallisation technology developed by ABG International that is used to embellish labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging. It was named winner of the German Design Awards 2022 for outstanding design quality in the category Excellent Product Design in the industrial segment.
The sustainable solution utilises a ‘liquid foil’ to completely eliminate the waste materials found with conventional hot and cold foil processes. It reduces the amount of CO₂ produced in the metallisation process by over 50%, seven times less than conventional cold foiling and the equivalent of planting over 80 trees.
Ecoleaf utilises the exact same PVD metal pigments found in traditional foil materials, but without the plastic carrier and associated waste. Users enjoy the same quality finish in a climate-conscious alternative: 1 kg of Ecoleaf metal pigment is the equivalent of three tonnes of conventional foil.
Ecoleaf can be integrated inline on finishing equipment, or analogue or digital printing presses. It consists of a printed trigger image and a metallisation unit that applies only the precise and required amount of metal to the trigger image.
Matt Burton, ABG’s global sales director, added: “Ecoleaf is expected to make a huge and positive contribution towards enabling our customers to differentiate themselves with new and exciting print embellishments that will deliver economic value.”
ABG International, which is represented by the Currie Group in Australia and New Zealand, has entered into an exclusive global agreement with Actega Metal Print (AMP) to manage direct sales, marketing and customer service for Ecoleaf.
Ecoleaf can be integrated inline on finishing equipment, or analogue or digital printing presses