The new facility will see the phased relocation of publication gravure ink production from Watford to Rochdale during the early part of 2006. On completion, the new operation will substantially increase Sun Chemical’s gravure manufacturing capacity.
The new Rochdale site is strategically situated to service Sun Chemical’s existing customer operations as well as the Polestar operation at Sheffield and the planned Avarto development in Merseyside. Rochdale is already a key production center for the manufacture of solvent-based and water-based flexo inks for the European packaging industry. The site also houses a new laboratory facility, incorporating an advanced R&D operation.
Cutting-edge technology is being installed in conjunction with state-of-the-art process controls to drive dedicated lines for color, varnish and extenders. In addition, senior technical personnel will be relocating to Rochdale to guarantee customers continuity of quality and product consistency.
“This investment is fundamental in ensuring Sun Chemical is aligned with the future growth of the publication gravure business,” said Charles Murray, Sun Chemical Europe’s corporate vice president and group managing director in charge of the UK. “The new operation at Rochdale will reinforce our commitment and leadership in this sector and cater for the growing re-emergence of publication gravure as a high quality commercial printing process for the future.”