VPK adopts Sun Chemical inks

Packaging print group VPK Packaging France has put its faith in Sun Chemical’s SunVisto AquaGreen water-based flexo inks, committing to use this ink in all ten of its French plants. 

VPK Packaging France produces a range of packaging, mainly specialising in corrugated.

Philippe Tran, managing director of VPK France, commented: “Sustainability is our company’s core value, and our staff are equally passionate about it. We are always looking for new ways to enhance our environmental credentials further still and Sun Chemical’s SunVisto AquaGreen ink range was an obvious investment choice for us. With the use of these inks, we will be able to reduce our carbon footprint by up to 30% and through this small step, we hope to influence and encourage our whole market to become greener. Like Sun Chemical, we have our own sustainability goals and we are delighted to say that this partnership is supporting us to reach them, helping to protect the planet for both current and future generations.”

The SunVisto AquaGreen inks are general purpose packaging inks, meant for printing on paper, corrugated, board, polyethylene coated board and treated film. They have been formulated with significantly higher levels of bio-renewable resin content than previous inks from Sun chemical. AquaGreen inks can make use of current colorants to enable ease of implementation, and there’s a full range of pantone standard colours currently available, both as finished inks or as coloured bases with a technology varnish for in-house blend schemes. 

Tran noted: “We have found that these inks also ensure maximum freshness of colour and brightness, improved coverage and lay-down of the ink, resulting in a smoother surface, and better dot definition. Although you pay for a premium for the technology varnish, our interest is in value, and the cost is quite easily offset by the better coverage and strength the inks provide. What’s more, with the inks’ good printability, visible stability on press, low foaming and smoother cleaning, we have seen significantly improved quality and efficiency in our print processes. These make the ink cost neutral in use. Overall, we could not be happier with them.”

VPK Packaging France is part of the VPK Group, which operates some 65 plants located in 20 countries right across Europe and Scandinavia. The Group website says that it traces its roots back to 1935 though the French website says that its been producing cardboard packaging since 1919. VPK has ten lanes in France, with the Lille facility already using the AquaGreen ink and the rest set to switch by the middle of this year. 

The company had previously used inks from Sun Chemical before switching to a different supplier. Tran explained: “After a short break, VPK renewed this partnership in 2019, with the focus on SunVisto AquaGreen ink technology, which we intend to deploy across all of our corrugated packaging applications throughout our French sites. Our previous supplier did an adequate job, but the relationship was not as strong and we did not get the same sense of having such a solid shared vision – particularly around issues of productivity, sustainability and environmental responsibility. With Sun Chemical, we are able to communicate openly and with a high level of trust and transparency to get the best deals, both technically and economically. Working with a market leading company such as Sun Chemical also enables us to collaborate to form innovations that truly meet the specific needs of the market today.”

The SunVisto inks have been designed for longer press runs with minimal maintanence, easy clean-up and resistance to water, scuffing and rubbing. The range also includes Aquasafe for direct food contact packaging, as well as Advantage, Hydroking PHS and Aquapak for corrugated printing.  

You can find more information on this ink from sunchemical.com, and on VPK from vpkgroup.com.

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