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Ink Production Plant Rebuilt to Improve Product Quality and Meet Environmental Regulations

SpecialChem / Mar 11, 2009

Gravure printing has continually lost share in the printing market since the 1950s. Alternate technologies and, more recently, environmental demands have pressured ink makers to find new applications, new technologies and better processes. And in the last 10 years the industry has responded. But even these positive changes have put pressure on producers. Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, was aware that it needed to continue to evolve with the changing industry to remain its leader. In 2004, the company began the phased relocation of its publication gravure ink production from Watford, England, just outside of London, to the existing Sun Chemical Ltd., site in Rochdale, Lancashire, about 200 miles to the north. The company's goal was a standalone publication gravure ink plant that would utilize all new equipment and production processes to generate 30,000 metric tons of ink per year. The plant's design incorporated the latest process control technology, designated manufacturing and raw materials storage. It would operate five lines, one for each color, and a fifth line for varnishes and extenders.

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