Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a 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,” says 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.”

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.

ACPO, Ltd.

Sun Chemical