IMDS: "Screen and Pad Printing Ink hardened" reactivated
The IMDS (International Material Data System for the global automotive industry) steering committee has decided to leave screen and pad printing inks as a general component in the IMDS system.
Background: Printing Ink manufacturers have had an agreement with IMDS for years, allowing them to use the wildcard description “screen and pad printing ink hardened” for their products.
Why? The percentage of dried ink in relation to the weight of the finished vehicle is so vanishingly little that this would neither justify the effort needed to break down the colour components, nor revealing the know-how of the ink manufacturers.
Some weeks ago, the IMDS steering committee cancelled this agreement without consulting the printing inks manufacturers.
The printing ink manufacturers restated the reasons for the original agreement towards the steering committee, and the committee decided to reactivate the former general release “screen and pad printing ink hardened”.
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