Sun Chemical Opens Coatings Lab

PARSIPPANY, NJ | Sun Chemical reports the opening of a new coatings lab in its Carlstadt, NJ, research and development facility. Company says the 11,000-sq-foot investment features state-of-the-art equipment and unsurpassed analytical support for studying migration, adhesion, permeability, and other performance-related coating phenomena. SEM microscopy, atomic force microscopy, IR surface mapping, sophisticated surface energy measurement, and many other techniques are used to advance the understanding of key coatings performance attributes.

A variety of equipment has been added to the new lab, including gas transmission rate analyzers, glass bottle testing instrumentation, and coatings spraying equipment to develop new and improved water, solvent, and energy-curable primers, inks, and coatings. A lab laminator will be added in 2017 to help study the interaction among ink, substrate, primers, overprint varnishes, and laminating adhesives.

“The new Carlstadt coatings lab represents a major investment in our coatings business,” says Russell Schwartz, Chief Technology Officer, Sun Chemical. “This enhanced capability will help us expand our product range offerings into an evolving packaging market that includes laminating adhesives, glass decoration, and printed electronics. The integration of coatings technology with ink, polymer, and functional materials development within the same technical organization and facility transcends product lines and geographical barriers. It will also help expand [our] Advanced Materials portfolio into industrial coatings applications.”

The lab is the company's fourth of its kind worldwide, joining similar laboratories located in the UK and DIC R&D centers in Japan.

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