Sun Chemical today displayed its commitment to food-package printing by opening what it states to be its most innovative manufacturing plant in the world, located in Frankfurt, Germany. Representing an investment of €4 million, the new facility is dedicated to producing sheetfed packaging inks.
According to the company, the facility features the most modern mixers and mills on the market, process control computers, as well as two new blending stations for both low migration inks and conventional inks. These new blending stations are housed in separate buildings to avoid cross-contamination.
“Food package printers are facing tremendous challenges today,” said Rudi Lenz, CEO of Sun Chemical, in a press release. “In addition to cost pressures and stiff competition, they also face demanding sustainability requirements and some of the strictest ink migration standards on the market. Our customers rely on us to provide them with solutions that help them meet those challenges."
To ensure the purity of the inks manufactured at the Frankfurt facility, all raw materials are hand-inspected to make sure they contain no contaminants and have low odour as required by European food regulations.
The plant's geographical location, according to Sun Chemical, means 80 percent of what is produced at the plant can reach customers within a 24-hour timescale.