Citing volume declines in an already challenging retail environment and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sussex, Wis.-based Quad closed out a tumultuous 2020 by announcing it will permanently cease print manufacturing operations at three production facilities in early 2021, impacting approximately 650 workers. Work currently performed in these commercial printing plants will be consolidated into other existing Quad locations. Its Fernley, Nev., plant will close in late January. The facility specializes in retail advertising inserts and employs approximately 75 people. Quad's Oklahoma City plant will be shuttered in early March. Employing approximately 400 workers, the plant produces magazines, catalogs, and retail advertising inserts. The Nashville, Tenn., facility will permanently close by mid-April. The plant specializes in retail advertising inserts and employs approximately 175 people.
Sun Chemical has launched its new groundbreaking ‘Pace’ technology platform for sheetfed offset inks. SunPak FSP, Sun Chemical’s flagship sheetfed offset low migration ink for food packaging, will be the first ink to transition to the new technology with the launch of SunPak FSP EcoPace. The inks are designed to support optimal productivity on high-speed modern printing machines and have strong sustainability credentials.
In an era marked by faster machines, lower-quality papers, cost pressures, and sustainability goals, printers are encountering more challenges than ever before. Sun Chemical recognises these challenges and, as a result, is introducing this revolutionary ink based on innovative binder technology providing higher body and lower tack. The benefit of the new technology has been proven through rigorous long-term testing to deliver the highest levels of productivity, the lowest applied cost, and the best overall sustainability benefits. Sun Chemical’s dedication to compliance and certifications also ensures that Sun Chemical’s products not only meet but exceed current regulatory requirements.
Pace technology delivers Sun Chemical’s most sustainable offerings yet. This is achieved through a dual approach of selecting vegetable oil based formulations in which PTFE wax is not used. These formulations deliver the highest bio-renewable content (BRC) supplemented by exceptional performance on press that ensures minimal wastage of paper/board and subsequently reduced usage of energy and solvent wash through fewer stoppages.
The SunPak FSP EcoPace ink range is based on a modular approach that allows printers to interchange the process colours in order to optimise sustainability credentials. For example, in the standard CMYK offering, the inks have a C2C Certified Material Health Certificate™ at Bronze level but this can be upgraded to Platinum by interchanging the process yellow to a special version.
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