Thermochromic tabs make chilled cans colorful and easy to spot

Rick Lingle in Rigid Containers on June 09, 2014

Thermochromic inks have found a range of applications in beverage packaging, but a new use on tab ends may be said to literally top them all.

The temperature-sensitive, color-changing inks from Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI), available in red, green or blue colors, are the result of three years of R&D intended to make the inks and tabs:

  • Be meaningful to consumers;
  • Affordable for brands; and
  • Scalable in a global manufacturing environment at high quality.

    The color-changing tabs are claimed to be is particularly useful for serving beverages in ice chests and crowded refrigerators and give brands an additional option for cold guarantee beyond the sidewall.

    And offer brand-differentiating technology.


    Qualified for use on crowns and closures, the patent-pending technology is available through Envases Universales in Mexico; the multilingual website is


    Additional information can also be obtained by emailing Patrick Edson, CMO, Chromatic Technologies Inc., at [email protected].


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