Sun Chemical Partners with ACPO

PARSIPPANY, NJ | Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with ACPO, a coater of flexible films, to meet the demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high-barrier transparent packaging. Sun will supply its SunBar oxygen barrier coatings to ACPO to coat and supply various films to flexible packaging converters. The company says that, since few converters have the capability to coat thin films, only a limited number were able to take advantage of the SunBar barrier coating technology.

Sun says that since ACPO specializes in coating thin films with state-of-the-art equipment, converters will have alternative barrier films at an economical price that offer improved barrier properties without needing to make capital investments in a coating unit.

SunBar oxygen barrier coatings reportedly offer converters cost-effective, durable, sustainable films that support lighter weight packaging trends by creating a smooth, homogenous, pinhole-free, and flexible layer that can be easily overprinted with inks and laminated to a variety of secondary films. SunBar is compostable, chlorine free, and metal-free.

“The need for barrier films is growing at a healthy pace,” says Robert O’Boyle, product manager of coatings, Sun Chemical. “Consumers will buy what they can see. This has led to the growing trend of transparent packaging that allows consumers to see the actual food. Many natural foods, such as granola, nuts, and fruit, require a high-barrier film for better protection. Since the majority of printers don’t have the ability to coat films, our partnership with ACPO will allow us to deliver them with the coated films they need to meet this trend. Choosing to partner with a respected leader in self-wound overlamination products like ACPO was an easy decision for Sun Chemical to make.”

John Coyne, product manager at ACPO, says, “We are excited about this partnership with Sun Chemical. They are a recognized leader in our industry with an abundance of resources. They have already provided a high level of support. I feel that our strengths complement each other and together we will deliver innovative barrier film solutions to converters and brand owners.”

Currently two different ACPO coated films, polyester and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are available with SunBar oxygen barrier coatings. There are plans to add to the barrier film product line by introducing other SunBar barrier coated films in the near future.

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