March 5, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group and the world’s largest producer of printing inks and pigments for a plethora of industries, has displayed its commitment to the food package printing market through the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Frankfurt, Germany.
The plant was built using clean room and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) directives to ensure that the best possible standards are adopted in manufacturing of Sun Chemical inks. Representing an investment of €4-million (~$5.6-million Cdn), the new facility is dedicated to the highest level of cleanliness and utilizes the world’s most advanced technology to create high-quality sheetfed packaging inks.
The facility features the most modern mixers and mills on the market, process control computers, as well as two new blending stations. One blending station is specifically used for low migration inks; the other, which is housed in a separate building to avoid cross-contamination, is used for conventional inks.
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 odor as required by strict European food regulations. Additionally, quality control officers are on-site to check product quality at all times.
“Food package printers are facing tremendous challenges today,” says Rudi Lenz, chief executive officer of Sun Chemical. “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.
"That’s why Sun Chemical’s investment in the Frankfurt plant shows our commitment to providing excellence for our customers and the food package printing industry. The new high-tech manufacturing equipment will ensure that our customers receive quality inks they can rely on without worry.”
The Frankfurt plant’s centrally located position in Germany provides the ideal location for fast dispatch of products across Europe, ensuring delivery to key markets within two days.
The opening of the Frankfurt plant will make Sun Chemical the only supplier with multiple low migration solutions across its conventional technology inks ranges.
For more information about Sun Chemical’s new Frankfurt plant, visit www.sunchemical.com/frankfurt.