Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC, will showcase its full portfolio of solutions for the narrow web, tag and label market at Label Summit Latin America 2014.
Visitors of Sun Chemical’s booth 14 will be introduced to a variety of products, including its SolarFlex Nova SL portfolio of inks, SunCure range of UV inks and coatings products, and a variety of brand protection offerings.
“Our customers are looking to us for reliable ink and coating solutions that will meet their individual needs in the narrow web market,” said Alfonso Paredes, vice president of business development/energy curable and narrow web product director, Sun Chemical Latin America. “We’re committed to Latin America and have shown that with our recent acquisition of Tintas in the Andean region, our investments in new manufacturing facilities in Chile and Brazil, and other equipment investments in Argentina, Mexico and Central America. We hope to be a partner our customers can turn to for any need they may have—anywhere in Latin America.”
Visitors will be introduced to the SolarFlex Nova SL range of UV flexo inks. Intended for the printing of labels, tags, sleeves, tickets and other applications typically found in the narrow web market, SolarFlex Nova SL features flow optimization for press performance, low odor for sensitive applications, fast curing for higher press speeds and a color strength that has been increased for finer anilox choices. Formulated without any volatile organic compounds and compliant with the Nestlé regulations, the SolarFlex Nova SL range can increase color gamut and/or lower ink consumption.
One product from the portfolio is SolarFlex Neutron White, a high opacity UV flexo first-down white ink that has been redeveloped from first principles using state of the art technology and manufacturing processes to develop a breakthrough in technical performance. Testing has shown the SolarFlex Neutron White outperforms leading competitive products in terms of opacity, printability and gloss.
The result is that printers using the SolarFlex Neutron White can use a finer anilox to achieve the same opacity as with a conventional UV flexo white, requiring less ink to achieve the same hiding power. Finer aniloxes also allow the printer to print sharper text and lines while still retaining maximum contrast over the darkest of labeled goods. SolarFlex Neutron White is able to print pinhole-free and allows for printing on aluminum substrates in a single layer.
SolarFlex Sleeve High Opacity White inks allow customers to match the opacity of other UV flexo sleeve whites but at a lower film weight. The UV flexo last-down ink is intended for reverse printing of shrink sleeves and other impervious substrates where high opacity is required. The ink is suitable for a number of applications including: wrap-around labels, clear, and paper or board substrates, such as tags and tickets and other filmic applications where a high opacity and high slip covering white is required. With high opacity and good printability for maximum covering power, the SolarFlex Sleeve High Opacity White is fast curing to a resistant and flexible ink film with shrink capability up to 60%-70%.
SolarFlex Tube is a range of UV flexo inks intended for Arpeco presses and a variety of narrow web applications. The viscosity of the inks have been adapted for Arpeco presses and have a very high color intensity and excellent printability, ultimately leading to low dot gain and high print fidelity. With a low cured print odor, the silicone-free formulation allows for easier lamination and post-print finishing. The inks are formulated without volatile organic compounds, Benzophenone and 4-Methyl Benzophenone.
Visitors at Sun Chemical’s booth can also learn about its SunCure Flexo UV product range which provide UV light-curing inks and coatings for packaging printers that efficiently meet changing job requirements on a wide variety of paper and board. SunCure inks and coatings provide a wide color gamut, excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates, fast cure response, and UV light curing for paper and board and sensitive applications. It is suitable for in-line or off-line coatings.
SunCure® Starluxe is a highly versatile range of UV curable lithographic inks that are designed for the outer surface printing of carton board and foil boards, selected plastics, and non-absorbent substrates. SunCure Starluxe is also designed for the printing of labels, sleeves, tags and tickets.
Also included in the product range is SunCure QLM, a low migration food packaging ink suitable for UV curable printing on carton board, flexible packaging and non-absorbent substrates intended for outer wrap food packaging. It allows printers to cost effectively produce food packaging safe outer wrap materials, while delivering high gloss and high print definition at the same time.
Sun Chemical can help booth visitors explore brand protection options to ensure the integrity of their packaging. Sun Chemical offers a variety of security ink solutions including an infrared coding solution called Verigard, a security system that adds a small quantity of taggants, or chemical markers, to inks, varnishes or coatings for use in any print process on any substrate. There will be a team of brand protection experts at Sun Chemical’s booth to discuss the variety of covert, overt and semi-overt options Sun Chemical offers including hidden logos or words and a variety of color changing inks.