Sun Chemical and acpo strengthen partnership with new products for narrow web market

Sun Chemical and acpo will showcase its expanded offering of smart and cost-efficient solutions for narrow web, flexible packaging converting at Labelexpo 2017.

Sun Chemical, a leading manufacturer of printing inks, and acpo, a premier coater of flexible films, partnered in 2016 to meet the growing demand from brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging and ultra-high barrier metalised (foil replacement) films.

Now the two companies have worked together to develop coated films for the narrow web and label market, and will showcase the jointly developed films at Labelexpo 2017 for the first time.

By combining acpo’s self-wound films and Sun Chemical’s SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings, any label printer with a lamination unit will be able to print and convert these films into pouches, bags or roll stock for packaging oxygen sensitive products, such as nuts, snacks, nutrition bars, meat, cheese, spices and pet food. This can be done without the need to invest in new machinery. The Aerobloc oxygen barrier coating will be directly coated onto acpo film, making it just as easy as using a standard film.

SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings are chlorine free, easy to recycle and highly resistant to flex cracking, which results in package barrier loss. They also offer converters cost-effective, durable, sustainable films that support long shelf life and which creates a smooth, pinhole-free and flexible layer that can be easily over printed with inks and then laminated onto a variety of secondary films. The SunBar coated films from acpo provides converters with clear, high-barrier film structures.

Michel Vanhems, functional coatings product manager at Sun Chemical comments: “We’ve been working with acpo for almost a year now, supplying them with our SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings. Following the success we’ve had coating and supplying various films for flexible packaging converters during this time, we are now delighted to offer coated films for the narrow web market. Flexible packaging in narrow web is an important and growing trend. However, for traditional label printers looking to reap the benefits of this market area as a completely different field of application, it can bring with it its own set of complexities in managing laminate structures. Through our collaboration with acpo we can simplify this, by introducing a turnkey solution for a number of narrow web packaging applications.

Currently one acpo coated film is available with SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings, with plans to expand the coated barrier films product line in the near future.