Archroma inaugurates new surface & coating

Archroma inaugurates new surface & coating centre in UK

6:54 AM, 17th March 2017
Archroma inaugurates new surface & coating
(From left) Beate Plueckhan, president region EMEA; David Puddiphatt, head of sales UK & Nordics; Chris Warburton, apprentice lab technician; Andy Bell, global product manager; Andrew Mottram, senior paper technologist stickies; and Adam Bastow, lab technician at the opening ceremony.

REINACH, SWITZERLAND: Archroma has officially inaugurated its new global centre of excellence for surface & coating technology in Bradford, UK. 

The centre highlights the company’s aim to bring new, innovative solutions to the packaging and speciality paper markets.

The brand-new centre is based at the location of Archroma’s application laboratory team for deposit control. It hosts the global product manager for surface & coating and a team of application experts, all with close links to Archroma’s research & development organisation and the sales teams around the globe. Over the last four months, the existing laboratory facilities have been extended and state-of-the-art equipment for application development and measurement have been installed.

This investment underlines the commitment by Archroma to bring new technologies in the area of barrier and surface coating to the packaging market.

The new application laboratory will also allow Archroma to quickly run application tests for packaging producers, as well as to develop customised recipes for them.

“Specifically, in the area of food packaging, consumers are looking for safe, appropriate and sustainable packaging. This offers many opportunities to market new surface & coating solutions. With its technology and application know-how Archroma is well positioned to participate more intensively in this growing market,” said Beate Plueckhan, president region EMEA, at the opening session.

During the last few years, Archroma has launched several eco-advanced innovations in the area of food packaging. Its solutions are widely accepted in the market and the company is continuing to strengthen its capacities in order to support the segment’s increasing demands.

Some examples are:

  • Cartaguard KST liq: A cationic fluoropolymer providing a strong and long-lasting barrier to grease and water. FDA and BfR approved.
  • Cartaseal HFU liq: A recyclable wax alternative coating for corrugated packaging and multipurpose water barrier coating. Fluorine-free and FDA compliant.
  • Cartaseal VWF liq: Extremely flexible water vapour barrier coating imparting grease, oil, fat and solvent resistance. It is an FDA and BfR approved fluorine-free alternative providing complete protection ideal for ream wrap, food and pharmaceutical packaging.

“These products are great examples highlighting Archroma’s ability to provide a specific solution for every individual packaging challenge. With this new centre, we will be able to cooperate even more closely with customers,” said Andy Bell, global product manager surface & coating, Archroma.

“Safety and sustainability are two areas to which we pay special attention, which is why our innovation pipeline is geared up to provide new food contact approved solutions with a strong focus on recyclability and biodegradability,” added Bell.

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