February 26, 2020

Transmission of viruses via contact with printing ink is unlikely

Currently there is an outbreak of respiratory tract diseases in China and other countries, which can be traced back to an infection with a new type of coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The transmission of coronaviruses to humans occurs via the air as a droplet infection. For this, close contact with either an animal carrying the virus or with an infected person is required
To be able to survive, viruses need suitable host cells in living organisms. Printing inks and printing ink raw materials are not suitable media in this regard. Also in case of contamina-tion of a raw material, it can be excluded that the virus could still be active after the long transportation route.
For the possibility of humans becoming infected via contact with products (e.g. ink containers) or with consumer goods there is no proof yet according to current scientific knowledge. This is confirmed e.g. by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)1 and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)2.
Member companies of the hubergroup source raw materials for printing inks and coatings from manufacturers from all over the world, including China. This fact does not bring with it a risk of infection with coronaviruses by contact with ink containers, printing ink or dried printing ink layers, according to the current state of scientific knowledge.