AccurioJet KM-1e series fulfils future packaging requirements for mineral oil migration

Langenhagen, Germany | 4 March 2024

Konica Minolta has provided new hope for printers facing tightening European regulations with verified test results confirming its award-winning AccurioJet KM-1e series digital press technology fulfils future requirements covering mineral oil content far below guidelines for secondary food packaging.

The UV LED digital inkjet sheetfed B2 production press from Konica Minolta, which is referred to as the ‘Swiss army knife of printing’ because it has so many uses, is recognised for its incredible stability, versatility, colour accuracy and food packaging safety by helping customers to rethink print possibilities. 

Both the KM-1e with HD and KM-1e models have passed rigorous testing undertaken by PiCA (Prüfinstitut Chemische Analytik GmbHH). The inks - HS101K, HS101C, HS101M, HS101Y – fulfil future requirements from the French Decree about Mineral Oils in Packaging. The specific regulations are Decree no.2020-1725 of 29 December specified in Articles C. 543-45-1 and D.543 of the Environmental Code.  

Ever since January 2022, France has prohibited mineral oils on packaging, regulations that were extended a year later to cover unsolicited advertising materials and catalogues for commercial promotions. Starting from January 2025, mineral oils used for printing intended for the general public will also be banned in France. 

The substances already covered by the ban are aromatic hydrocarbons of (MOAH) of mineral oil comprising of 1 to 7 aromatic rings and saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) of mineral oil with 16 to 35 carbon atoms. These ink regulations will become even more restrictive from the start of 2025. 

However, laboratory experts from Berlin-based PiCA have confirmed that results covering material sample tests on Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e and KM-1e with HD presses fulfilled requirements. The report stated: “Neither aliphatic (MOSH) or aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) were detected in the specific migration analysis 23-S170-0010B to -0010D. Therefore, no transfer of mineral oil hydrocarbons from the material into the food is to be expected.” 

Nuno Sacadura, Inkjet Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta Europe said: “The fact that our flagship AccurioJet KM-1e series UV-LED B2+ presses fulfil future requirements for mineral oil on secondary food packaging regulations yet again underpins our unwavering commitment to sustainability and helping our customers see the potential of digital print in packaging.” 

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Print companies are facing tightening European regulations – many now in force - that will adversely impact growing numbers of businesses unless they take action. Regulations covering mineral oils on packaging are also likely to become more restrictive in other countries. Therefore, I would urge companies to contact us so we can help them remain compliant with regulations that will tighten even further from next year.

Nuno Sacadura

Inkjet Business Development Manager at Konica Minolta Europe

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1e series combines the print materials and stability characteristics of offset presses with the benefits of latest digital technology. Accolades include achieving international child-safe toy accreditation from TÜV Rheinland, a Buyers’ Lab International (BLI) pacesetter award and best cut sheet colour B2+ printer award from the European Digital Press (EDP) association. 

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Silke Ehmann-Cotichini

Team Manager Brand Positioning & Architecture, Content Strategy & Development

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH

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