Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings lab at its research and development facility in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

The 11,000-square-foot lab features state-of-the-art equipment and analytical support for studying migration, adhesion, permeability and more. New equipment includes gas transmission rate analyzers, glass bottle testing instrumentation, and coatings spraying equipment to develop new and improved water-, solvent- and energy-curable primers, inks and coatings. A lab laminator will be added in 2017 to help study the interaction between ink, substrate, primers, overprint varnishes and laminating adhesives.

“The new Carlstadt coatings lab represents a major investment in our coatings business,” says Russell Schwartz, Sun Chemical’s chief technology officer. “This enhanced capability will help us expand our product range offerings into an evolving packaging market that includes laminating adhesives, glass decoration and printed electronics. The integration of coatings technology with ink, polymer and functional materials development within the same technical organization and facility transcends product lines and geographical barriers. It will also help expand Sun Chemical’s advanced materials portfolio into industrial coatings applications.”

The lab is the fourth of its kind worldwide, officials say, joining similar laboratories located in the United Kingdom and Dainippon Ink and Chemicals R&D centers in Japan.

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