Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, has released Skins® Sandy, a sandpaper-feel resin and the newest addition to its Skins range of haptic coating resins.

Like the other Skins resins, Sandy will enable brand owners and converters to differentiate their products by adding an extra layer of sensory experience. The new resin will enable print and packaging manufacturers to add sand-like textures to a wide range of materials, including food packaging. 
 
Tactile elements in print and packaging are used to differentiate brands by providing a sensory experience that reflects their products. DSM’s Skins coating resins range aims to meet this need by enabling different textures in a range of print and packaging materials. Skins Sandy will offer sandy-feel textures ranging from fine to coarse and is particularly suitable for overprint varnishes, paper & board, and flexible packaging. In particular, its broad food contact compliance will open new possibilities for textured food packaging. It will be compatible with a wide range of printing processes, including flexographic and gravure. 
 
Unlike many sandy-feel coating resins on the market, Skins Sandy delivers the desired sandpaper texture in a single coating without fillers or additives, making application easier and reducing formulators’ contact with harmful chemicals. The new resin also offers high shelf stability and production yield, delivering competitive cost-in-use. In this way, the new resin offers a level of functional performance beyond other commercially available sandy-feel resins. 
 
DSM’s new resin will also offer high levels of sustainability. Its compatibility with one-component waterborne systems avoids the need for potentially harmful solvents, and its ability to add texture in a single coating will also facilitate mono-material packaging that can be easily recycled. The resin is lightweight compared to other laminates, allowing manufacturers to reduce energy and material usage.