Sun Chemical Partners with ACPO to Sell SunBar® Oxygen Barrier Coated Films

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – August 17, 2016 – Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a premier coater of flexible films, to meet the growing demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging.

Sun Chemical will supply its SunBar® oxygen barrier coatings to ACPO to coat and supply various films to flexible packaging converters. 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.

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 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 a cost-effective, compostable, chlorine free and metal-free alternative.

SunBar coated films from ACPO are an excellent choice for clear high barrier flexible packaging structures and also for ultra-high barrier metalized film structures.

“The need for barrier films is growing at a healthy pace,” said 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.”

“We are excited about this partnership with Sun Chemical,” said John Coyne, Product Manager at ACPO. “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.

About ACPO, Ltd.
For over 30 years, ACPO, Ltd. has been dedicated to manufacturing and supplying self-wound pressure sensitive coated films to the narrow web printing/converting market. As the industry leader, we pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality manufacturing standards while providing customers with superior products and exceptional service. ACPO overlaminates can be found on labels and flexible packaging products from the health and beauty industry to pharmaceuticals to pet food. ACPO is a subsidiary of Esperia Holdings, a Florida company with multiple plants, converting and distribution facilities. “Films with Technology. Products with Purpose.”


About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our Web site at


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