Sun Chemical has launched the fifth edition of “Designing Packaging with Certainty,” its best practices guide to printing food and sensitive-goods packaging with conventional offset and UV/EB curing inks and coatings.
First launched in 2004, the guide is updated every three years with the goal of supporting development of safe packaging for food and other sensitive applications, such as tobacco and pharmaceuticals.
This 32-page edition offers a summary of key challenges the packaging development supply chain faces, based on Sun Chemical’s expertise within the packaging markets. Reflecting market advancements over the last three years, the 2017 edition has also broadened its scope to include more on digitally printed packaging.
“The increasing focus on food safety by consumers and the evolution in regulatory frameworks and policing is driving deeper scrutiny of packaging by all stakeholders in the supply chain,” said Felipe Mellado, Sun Chemical chief marketing officer. “In parallel, print and packaging technology is changing, from advances in digital printing to improved methods for migration analysis, meaning that good practice in packaging development and production is more important than ever.”
The guide also touches on changes in legislation that affect global packaging markets, including new European regulations set to become effective in 2018.
“Even though we’re unsure of what exactly will be included, we want to prepare our customers with as much information as possible on direct food contact packaging and migration-compliant practices,” Mellado said.