Sun Chemical and acpo, ltd. Strengthen Partnership with New Products for Narrow Web Market

Wexham Springs, UK – 26 June 2017 – Sun Chemical and acpo, ltd., will showcase its expanded offering to promote smart and cost-efficient solutions for narrow web, flexible packaging converting, at Labelexpo 2017, 25 – 28 September 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sun Chemical, a leading manufacturer of printing inks, and acpo, ltd., a premier coater of flexible films, partnered in 2016 to meet the growing demand from brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging and ultra-high barrier metalized (foil replacement) films.

Now the two companies have worked together to develop coated films for the narrow web and label market and will showcase the jointly developed films at Labelexpo 2017 for the first time.

By combining acpo’s self-wound films and Sun Chemical’s SunBar® Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings, any label printer with a lamination unit, will be able to print and convert these films into pouches, bags or roll stock, for packaging oxygen sensitive products, such as nuts, snacks, nutrition bars, meat, cheese, spices and pet food. This can be done without the need to invest in new machinery. The Aerobloc oxygen barrier coating will be directly coated onto acpo film, making it just as easy as using a standard film.

SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings are chlorine free, easy to recycle and highly resistant to flex cracking, which results in package barrier loss. They also offer converters cost-effective, durable, sustainable films that support long shelf life, creating a smooth, pinhole-free and flexible layer that van be easily over printed with inks and then laminated on to a variety of secondary films. The SunBar coated films from acpo, ltd. provide converters with clear, high-barrier film structures.

Michel Vanhems, Functional Coatings Product Manager at Sun Chemical comments: “We’ve been working with acpo for almost a year now supplying them with our SunBar® Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings. Following the success we’ve had coating and supplying various films for flexible packaging converters during this time, we are now delighted to offer coated films for the narrow web market. Flexible packaging in narrow web is an important and growing trend. However, for traditional label printers looking to reap the benefits of this market area, as a completely different field of application, it can bring with it its own set of complexities in managing laminate structures. Through our collaboration with acpo, ltd. we can simplify this by introducing a turnkey solution for a number of narrow web packaging applications.

Currently one acpo coated film is available with SunBar Aerobloc oxygen barrier coatings, with plans to expand the coated barrier films product line in the near future.

For more information on Sun Chemical’s and acpo’s partnership visit Sun Chemical on stand 5E45 at Labelexpo 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, or visit or

About acpo, ltd.

acpo, ltd. is a highly recognized coater of films and other substrates. For over 30 years. Acpo has been the industry leading supplier of self-wound, over-laminate films to the narrow web label converters. By way of a strategic partnership with Sun Chemical Corporation, acpo has expanded its coated film product offering to flexible packaging converters and brand owners, now offering high end barrier coated films under the O₂xBloc brand. O₂xBloc films were developed to meet the most stringent barrier requirements for flexible packaging. acpo also offers brand security films with a varying levels of anti-counterfeit protection, based on the latest technology. Acpo films can be found on labels and flexible packaging in a variety of markets including food, health & beauty, pharmaceuticals, pet food, etc. acpo, ltd…..“Films with Technology. Products with Purpose.”

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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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