Sun Chemical will use Labelexpo as a platform for the global launch of SolarVerse, a range of highly pigmented, low viscosity, multipurpose UV flexo base concentrates, designed to be easily dispensed through a standard UV flexo dispenser and offering customers benefits in terms of cost savings and flexibility.
By blending a SolarVerse base concentrate with a specific, optimized technology varnish, different, finished ink profiles can be produced, ready for use on press in whatever color specified. As SolarVerse bases are formulated with materials suitable for migration-compliant applications when mixed with the appropriate technology varnish, the single base range is also ideal for UV flexo food packaging and label applications. With the same SolarVerse base concentrates being used for each ink profile, color consistency is also maintained regardless of the end print use.
Sun Chemical will also be introducing a new concept for food compliant UV flexo products within the SolarVerse system, under the brand name SolarFlex Zero. This technology has been shown to achieve low odor and migration characteristics in food compliant label and packaging applications. Sun Chemical will be making this available for market validation in the coming months.
Demonstrating other developments for the UV market, Sun Chemical will also showcase its latest UV LED curing SolarWave flexo and SunWave offset inks. The fully EuPIA compliant SunWave Lumina offset inks are suitable for use on all sheetfed UV LED press types, including those equipped with low energy mercury lamps.
SolarWave FSP UV LED flexo food compliant inks are available as finished inks or as part of the SolarVerse system through a dedicated UV LED technology varnish. The inks demonstrate all the capabilities of conventional UV flexo inks when cured under suitable UV LED curing systems.
Sun Chemical will also demonstrate SunColorBox, which addresses the multiple issues associated with color management. SunColorBox offers a set of tools and services – from site assessments and full color audits to matching and validating colors to hosting digital libraries of spot colors - that enables consistent, accurate digital color communication and provides color data connectivity across the entire packaging supply chain.
Also present on the stand will be solutions from SunJet, Sun Chemical’s digital inkjet brand. Working globally with OEM partners, system integrators and printhead manufacturers, SunJet provides inkjet chemistry solutions, including high opacity whites, for a broad range of label and narrow web applications.
Under the SunJet brand, Sun Chemical will showcase its UV, e-beam and aqueous technology through its Etijet range, as well as its Amplio digital effects range, which comprises primers, effects varnishes, gloss varnishes, foiling varnishes, lamination varnishes and adhesives for digital effects. SunJet will also present its line of migration-compliant inkjet solutions for printing onto the non-contact side of primary and secondary food packaging applications.
Sun Chemical will demonstrate SunEvo Primus and SunEvo Protect on the stand. These ranges of coatings, aimed to facilitate the evolution of digitally printed packaging, provide improved workflows and technically advanced solutions that comply with industry standards. Sun Chemical will present its range of SunInspire specialty inks and coatings for label applications, which add an extra dimension and look and feel to label applications.