Sun Chemical Opens Laval Ink Plant
Sun Chemical boosted its commitment to the Quebec printing market with a $3.1 million investment to consolidate four facilities into a new 50,000-square-foot ink manufacturing plant.
The new Laval plant is to replace nearby facilities in Ottawa, Quebec City, Boucherville and Anjou. “We are affirming our commitment to the Quebec and the Canadian market with this investment,” said Rod Staveley, President of Sun Chemical Canada. “Sun Chemical plans to be in this business for the long term and is providing the infrastructure needed to deliver best-in-class services to our valued customers.”
Sun Chemical describes the location of the new plant as being strategically placed in Laval, just north of Montreal, for getting through Montreal’s challenging traffic patterns and delivering product to customers across Quebec and Eastern Ontario. The Laval facility has ink dispensers on-site for demonstrations and the manufacturing of spot-colour inks, as well as three roll mills, several vertical post mixers and smaller mixers, and an internal laboratory for quality control and colour-matching chemistry.
The new plant, employing 32 full-time staff, will produce solvent, water-based, UV and paste inks for the packaging, corrugated, sheetfed, heatset and coldset markets.
Based on initiatives like energy-efficient lighting, heat recovery, waste-stream recycling, and dedicated commuter-parking spaces, Sun Chemcial is currently applying to have its Laval plant LEED-certified, which is one of North America’s strongest environmental standards for all types of manufacturing plants.
The company will host an open house of the new Laval facility on Wednesday, June 27, organized through Wendy Fan of Sun Chemcial.