The global agreement is designed to offer the can manufacturing and packaging industries world-class customer service and specialty ink innovation.
INX is the global leader in inks for beverage cans and CTI produces specialty inks, such as thermochromic photochromic and security inks. CTI invented the process to apply the thermocromic ink at high speed to cans as well as the chemistry behind the ink on Coors Light cans.
“Thanks to CTI’s aggressive R&D efforts to invent a range of new technologies, we’re now in an excellent position to partner with a company of INX’s caliber, global reach and technical support,” Lyle Small, president and founder of CTI, said in a news release.
INX and CTI will collaborate to bring new ideas to customers across diverse industries, beverages, dairy, security, children’s products, food safety and a range of consumer package goods.
In addition to thermochromic technology, INX and its customers will benefit from CTI’s expertise in photochromic (light-sensitive inks) and other chemistry advancements that will allow packaging to help differentiate brands, according to the release.
With more than 15 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, INX is the third-largest producer of inks in North America.
Founded in 1993 in Colorado Springs, CTI is the world’s largest manufacturer of thermochromic inks. CTI also provides photochromic, black light, glow-in-the-dark, social media activation, security protection and is working to invent new methods for bacteria detection and cancer treatment.
CTI’s innovations can be found on products from such companies as Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Coors, Fanta, Hallmark, Heineken, Monster Energy, Mountain Dew and more.