• The Finest of Finishes

    Premium, safe inks and finishes are applied by our expert carton printers, making your products stand out on the shelf. This page contains all of the information you need to know about our range of finishes from gloss emulsion to drip off matt.

Ink & Varnish Technology

Graphic Packaging International provides upfront press proofing and new designs for major retail launches. Our Group Ink Manager has over 20 years’ experience of inks and varnish technology.

UV Gloss

The highest gloss level available, UV gloss is suitable for all board types, dries instantly under UV lamps and is suitable for use on non-food and non-sensitive work. Low migration versions are available.

Gloss Emulsion

A water based product that gives a medium gloss finish, a good compromise when UV gloss isn’t suitable. Gloss emulsion can be used on most board types with the exception of foil and plastics. All standard water based used by Graphic Packaging International is a low migration grade. Suitable for hot foil blocking.

Satin Emulsion

A water based product that creates a soft sheen finish (between matt and gloss). Works well with dark colours and metallic as it does not affect the shades overtly. Suitable for hot foil blocking.

Matt Emulsion

The lowest possible gloss level available, creating a very flat finish with no sheen. Matt emulsion is water-based and suitable for hot foil blocking.

Soft Touch

A very flat, matt finish is achieved with this water based product. Clever technology gives the finish a ‘soft touch’ matt laminate like feel, and is traditionally used on luxury packaging. Can be used in conjunction with UV spot gloss. Suitable for most board types and hot foil blocking.

Drip Off Matt / Gloss

Special finish to achieve spot gloss and textured matt effect with very fine detail, suitable for creating even the most intricate patterns. Superior to using a cyrel plate for gloss areas. Requires the use of a printing unit, instead of a coater unit. Available as UV and water based or UV and UV. Not suitable for hot foil blocking.


Creates many different shimmering varnish effects by dispersing iridescent material into either UV or water based varnishes, most effective on a dark background. These can be specified as interference or xyrallic which exhibit subtle or significant colour behaviour. Hot foil blockable versions are available.

Graphic Packaging International offer the use of NewV pack MGA Inks

Graphic Packaging International's carton printers use NewV pack MGA inks, designed for food packaging and compliant with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 and the Swiss ordinance for consumer goods (SR 817.023.21), in conjunction with the printers’ own GMP.

The Benefits

Low migration inks give excellent results of organoleptic assessment of prints, are fast curing and have high fount solution tolerance. They are hot foil stampable and have good ink/water balance. The NewV pack MGA is the first UV offset ink with guaranteed low migration properties - low migration is maintained even if full lamp power is not available. Premium, safe inks and finishes are expertly applied by our teams, making your products stand out on the shelf.

How Can Graphic Packaging International Help You?

Graphic Packaging International is a packaging manufacturer based with operation ins the UK. We offer a broad packaging catalogue of carton printing solutions for the food and beverage markets.

The expert carton printers at Graphic Packaging International offer a comprehensive range of inks, finishes and coatings to help your packaging cartons & food boxes stand out prominently on the shelf.

Make an enquiry today and find out