Sun Chemical has announced that its Security Division will operate under the brand name of “Luminescence,” the highly regarded manufacturer of security and brand protection inks that Sun Chemical acquired earlier this year.

Luminescence manufactures security inks suitable for offset, intaglio, flexo, gravure, screen, numbering and inkjet processes, and security threads. It will remain a standalone business, guaranteeing the confidentiality and strict protocols followed in the security inks business. This will be headed by Paul Cooper, who has over 30 years of experience in the security market. A key driver in the success of Luminescence, Cooper will now have the vast resources of Sun Chemical to provide a world class service on a global basis.

Luminescence is headquartered in the U.K., with R&D facilities in the U.K., France and the U.S., and with secure, European bank accredited manufacturing sites in the U.K., France and the Netherlands. Further significant investments are planned to support the rapidly growing business.

“I’m delighted to have been entrusted with leading Sun Chemical Security and will ensure that the Luminescence philosophy of giving our customers the highest levels of innovation, security, discretion and confidentiality continues to be fundamental to our business approach,” says Cooper. “Previously, Luminescence may have had a limited ability to scale operations to meet the needs of the largest printers and banks, just as Sun Chemical might not have had the technology to meet the demands of every printer and bank in the market. Together, however, in the new combined organization, we now have the capabilities to satisfy the requirements of every security printer and central bank.”

Adds Felipe Mellado, chief marketing officer, Sun Chemical: “With our broad range of capabilities and our vast experience, we’ve already proved that Sun Chemical can add significant value for customers in other print markets and are confident that Sun Chemical Security, led by Paul Cooper, can do the same by making security printing more productive and cost-effective. We’re 100 percent committed to the security printing market. With the combination of Luminescence’s proven technologies and Sun Chemical’s global reach, resources and R&D capability, we can provide the security printing industry with a highly competitive and innovative partner.”


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