Toyo Ink America, LLC, a member of the worldwide Toyo Ink Group, announced that it has expanded production of liquid and ultraviolet inks for packaging applications, in the North America region.
The company recently relocated its headquarters to a more spacious, state-of-the-art facility in Wood Dale, IL. The roughly 109,000 square foot facility dramatically boosts the company’s production, development and technical support capability by affording room for new equipment, an expanded R&D laboratory and an increase in sales and technical staff.
At the new site, Toyo Ink America plans to produce and develop water- and solvent-based liquid inks, offset and UV inks and coatings, primarily targeting the flexible packaging, folding carton, bag, foil and label printing markets.
“The relocation to a larger facility is the latest commitment we’ve made in leveraging our manufacturing, development and support expertise to grow our packaging business in the Americas,” said John Copeland, president and COO of Toyo Ink America, LLC. “It provides us with the resources necessary to respond to our increasing customer base in the Americas and immediate need to bring our growing lineup of customized packaging and commercial print solutions to the global marketplace.”
The Toyo Ink Group, a longtime leader in package and print innovation throughout Asia, aims to strengthen its position in this sector in the Americas, a move in line with the Group’s expansion plans, both regionally and globally. The acquisition of Fluid Ink Technology’s flexographic, gravure and UV product assets, and the establishment of a sales branch in Sao Paulo, Brazil – both of which took place in 2010 – ave boosted demand for these products and a broader support base.
To keep up with this demand, Toyo Ink has been devoting greater resources locally to ramping up its R&D and manufacturing capability for the development of packaging materials, printing inks, adhesives and other specialty polymers. In addition to the new Wood Dale facility, the Toyo Ink Group in North America has manufacturing and research facilities throughout the region. The facility in Moorpark, CA, produces flexographic, gravure and UV inks. Toyo’s plastic colorants and liquid inks production site is located in Conyers, GA. In 2008, Toyo established a specialty polymers and inks manufacturing facility in Bryan, TX.
“By expanding our production and R&D capability in the United States, we’re able to supply our customers with greater speed and offer local technical resources for application development and process optimization,” Mr. Copeland said. “We are committed to developing innovative systems and solutions as customer requirements evolve and new trends emerge.”