Sun Chemical and acpo, ltd. partnered in 2016 to meet the growing demand from brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging and ultra-high barrier metalized (foil replacement) films.
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. The Aerobloc oxygen barrier coating will be directly coated onto acpo film.
SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings offer converters cost-effective, durable, sustainable films that support long shelf life, creating a smooth, pinhole-free and flexible layer that van be easily over printed with inks and then laminated on to a variety of secondary films.
“Flexible packaging in narrow web is an important and growing trend,” said Michel Vanhems, functional coatings product manager at Sun Chemical. “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, ltd. we can simplify this by introducing a turnkey solution for a number of narrow web packaging applications.”