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PaperCon 2017 – Minneapolis, MN

PaperCon 2017

PaperCon 2017
April 23-26, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center
Room: M100D
Minneapolis, MN

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the most important gathering of Paper and
Board Professionals in the industry.

PaperCon brings together industry professionals from around the world eager to share knowledge, innovation and new ideas about the paper and board industry.  These professionals know that PaperCon is the premier industry event offering them the opportunity to learn and discuss the latest technologies, best practices, issues and solutions to help them stay competitive in today’s marketplace.

Learn from a panel of experts from TAPPI’s Coating and Graphic Arts Division

This exceptional training in the basics is held as part of the Coating Program at PaperCon 2017, and it’s a great way to kick off all the events taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The topics covered:

  • Current commercial print methods and the equipment used, including traditional offset and emerging digital technologies
  • Paper and packaging grades that are typically printed and the methods used
  • Examples of print and press problems, how to identify and potential solutions
  • Predicting and testing print quality
  • Color perception and color gamut

Introduction to Printing 101

This two-day introductory course is designed for those who need to understand print quality, attend print trials, trouble shoot print problems or are generally new to printing operations.You’ll learn from a panel of experts from TAPPI’s Coating and Graphic Arts Division.This exceptional training in the basics is held as part of the Coating Program at PaperCon 2017, and it’s a great way to kick off all the events taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.The topics covered: Current commercial print methods and the equipment used, including traditional offset and emerging digital technologies.

  • Paper and packaging grades that are typically printed and the methods used
  • Examples of print and press problems, how to identify and potential solutions
  • Predicting and testing print quality
  • Color perception and color gamut

For a complete agenda, registration information and other useful information please visit http://www.papercon.org/attendevents/

 

Waterbased Coatings Market – Global Industry Analysis

aqueous coating reportsWater-based coatings are a type of coating which use water as a solvent. Water is employed as a dispersal agent for resins to make them eco-friendly and easy to use. Water constitutes more than 75% of the coatings with traces of other solvents like glycol ethers. Rising architectural activities and stringent government regulation related to VOC content are the major drivers that drives the growth of water-based coatings market. Asia Pacific dominates the water-based coatings market in terms of demand. Countries such as China,India are expected to be the key consumers of water-based coatings. Volatility in raw material prices and susceptibility to environmental conditions is anticipated to hamper the market growth.

Acrylic water-based coatings is anticipated to be the major segment during the forecast period, however polyurethane water-based coatings is expected to grow at highest CAGR compare to other resins type. In terms of end-use, building & construction is projected to be the major segment for water-based coatings. Automotive segment is also second most lucrative segment for water-based coatings market. Increasing awareness and stringent government regulations related to VOCs content related to coatings is estimated to offer major opportunities to the water-based coatings market in the next few years.

Global Waterbased Coating Market: Scope of the Study

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for Water-based coatings market at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (Kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global water-based coatings market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for water-based coatings market during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the water-based coatings market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global water-based coatings market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the water-based coatings market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, where in resins and end-users are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

Global Waterbased Coating Market: Segmentation

The study provides a decisive view of the global water-based coatings market by segmenting it in terms of resins and end-users. In terms of resins water-based coatings is classified as acrylic, formaldehyde, polyurethane, alkyds, epoxy and others (including fluoro-polymers etc.). Acrylic water-based coatings is further segmented into Styrene acrylic. Further segmentation is based on End-users such as building & construction, automotive, furniture, electronics, marine, paper & printing and others (includes aerospace etc.). Automotive is further segmented into automotive OEM and automotive refinish for analysis. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for Water-based coatings in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The report provides the actual market size of water-based coatings for 2015 and estimated market size for 2016 with forecast for the next eight years. The global market of water-based coatings has been provided in terms volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in Kilo tons and revenue in US$ Mn. Market numbers have been estimated based on resins and end-users of water-based coatings. Market volume and size have been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

Global Waterbased Coating Market: Research Methodology

In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, magazines and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, European Coatings World, and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, oneSOURCE, Factiva and Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.

We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

Red the full article here and download the complete industry report. 

NEWS PROVIDED BY Report Buyer, Jan 31, 2017

Custom Coatings: How to adhere to 4 hard-to-bond food packaging surfaces

The food packaging industry is home to a variety of packaging, from high glosses that boost shelf appeal to wax boxes that increase functionality. Whilcustom coatings e these unique packaging materials offer a competitive edge in the food industry, they are much more difficult to adhere to and often require specialized adhesives.

Without the right adhesive, you may face pop-opens and other sealing failures, increasing the amount of money and time spent on rework and scrap. By working with their adhesive suppliers, adhesive users can ensure they are using the right product for their food packaging application.

Here are four different types of hard-to-bond paper stocks you might be using for your food packaging, and tips on how you can get better bonds.

1. Wax coatings or wax impregnated

On a warm summer day, many of us enjoy grilling out on the patio and eating a delicious meal with friends and family. It’s not often we consider the way that these foods are shipped and safely arrive at the grocery store for us to purchase.

Poultry, seafood, produce and other perishable food items can get messy during shipping, which is why these products require a special packaging solution to ensure they safely reach their destination. Boxes coated or impregnated with wax are commonly used for these types of foods.                     

Wax is curtain coated or impregnated into various paper stocks to act as a moisture barrier between the paper fibers and food product. In curtain coated boxes, the wax is concentrated only on the surface of the paper stock, making it difficult for an adhesive to penetrate to the fibers and form a bond.

Wax-impregnated boxes contain wax throughout their fibers. Although these boxes have a higher wax content, the wax is not as concentrated on the top layer, making it slightly easier to bond.

For these types of packaging, we would recommend an adhesive with a long open time, enabling it to penetrate through the wax and form a full fiber-tearing bond.

2. Recycled content

Did you know that corrugated is the most-recycled packaging material on earth? In fact, the average corrugated box consists of 46% recycled fiber.

Just about every product under the sun is shipped using corrugated packaging. It’s rare to find corrugated that isn’t recycled, especially with the prominence of sustainable packaging. Although good for the environment, recycled fibers are more difficult to bond than virgin.

Recycled corrugated is manufactured by breaking down previously used paper and corrugated into pulp, removing contaminants and then reforming into new boxes. The breakdown process means recycled fibers are shorter and more compact than the original fibers, making it harder for adhesives to penetrate and form a good mechanical bond.

Virgin corrugated is less dense due to the longer interwoven fibers allowing adhesive to better wet out and form a bond. Like a tree growing roots in clay versus aerated soil, adhesives can form their “roots” easier on virgin fibers, than on dense recycled fibers.

More commonly, we are seeing adhesive users working closely with their suppliers so that they can pinpoint a specific adhesive—from the many available—to seal their recycled corrugated packaging.

3. High-gloss coatings

Walking through the grocery store aisle, there are many types of packaging—some more appealing than others. You may even be compelled to purchase a product over another due to its packaging. What is it that makes it more appealing?

High gloss, colorful packaging tends to stand out on store shelves and is eye-catching to consumers. Although this type of packaging attracts shoppers and differentiates itself from competitors, its high gloss surface (whether it is polyethylene, polypropylene, metallized or something else) is difficult to bond, often requiring a specialized adhesive.

The smoothness and often low surface energy of a high-gloss carton makes it difficult for adhesives to “wet out” and penetrate the surface. Unlike traditional corrugated adhesion, the hot melt doesn’t bond like a tree forming roots in the ground; rather, the chemical bond behaves more like a magnet. The two materials are attracted to each other because of their chemical make-up, not the mechanical adhesion of a root.

When adhering a high-gloss paper stock, we recommend working closely with your adhesive supplier since this particular application requires a specific hot melt with the ability to form a chemical bond to the surface of these high gloss paper stocks.

4. Clay coatings

Consider which logo would stand out more—the one printed on plain, recycled brown paper stock or the logo on white, clay-coated paper stock?  Often the latter, as clay coatings improve brightness and tend to really give any design printed on them that extra “pop,” so that the overall packaging appeals to customers.

Printing on a clay-coated paper stock also reduces the amount of ink used since it does not readily absorb it, unlike an uncoated paper stock. This same concept of resisting absorption is what makes adhesion to this surface difficult. Just as clay-coated paper stock doesn’t absorb ink, it doesn’t allow adhesive to easily penetrate its surface, making it difficult to form a bond.

Adhering clay-coated paper stocks requires a specialized hot melt that has the ability to “wet out” on the surface of the coating. This will allow the adhesive to “bite” through the surface and achieve a good, fiber-tearing bond.

As with all of the hard-to-bond coatings we’ve discussed, we cannot stress enough the importance of working with your adhesive supplier to help you find the right solution that will work for your specific application, whether it is bonding wax boxes, recycled corrugated, high-gloss or clay-coated paper stock. Having a trusting relationship with your adhesive supplier will set the foundation in optimizing your overall packaging process.

Lauren Oliva is the marketing communications specialist for RS Industrial, an adhesive manufacturer and distributor that has been helping customers improve their adhesive processes for more than 22 years. She is passionate about educating audiences as she works with packaging industry experts to provide informative content that is technically focused, yet clear and engaging.

Published by Packaging Digest

Written by Lauren Oliva in Adhesives on June 16, 2015

What Sets UV, Aqueous and Laminates Apart?

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 1.50.00 PMGraphic finishers and commercial printers alike have constantly dealt with the challenges of matching the right coating or laminate with the printed sheet. Many factors are involved in this decision that can affect the outcome of the project. And while no set rules exist on choosing one over the other, there are specific advantages and disadvantages of each process that can help determine the best overall choice.

Ultra-Violet Coatings
UV is a very popular coating choice due mostly to the high gloss finish one can achieve, adding a brilliance to the finished sheet unlike any other coating method. UV coatings also provide good resistance to solvents and abrasion – much better than most water-based coatings. Because of its high sheen, UV coatings are popular on a wide variety of consumer products, including paperback books, trading cards, and cosmetic packaging.

However, UV coatings are not the best choice for all applications. Special precautions are necessary, especially when hot stamping foil, scoring, folding, or gluing is involved. Certain types of UV coatings can also cause cracking problems if the sheet or carton is to be scored and folded. UV coatings are a challenge when foil stamping is involved as well. If the coating has a high level of silicone, hot stamping foils will simply not adhere. Even special UV coatings without a heavy silicone addition are difficult in many situations. It is suggested to foil stamp first and then apply the UV coating to avoid potential problems. Even in this scenario, the foil stamper should check with its foil supplier to choose a foil that is overcoatable.

In addition, UV coatings have been known to yellow over long periods of time and are highly susceptible to fingerprinting. Environmental concerns also surround the use of UV coatings. Although very little waste is left to dispose of when applying UV, what is left is very toxic. Special arrangements are necessary to dispose of this waste.

Aqueous Coatings
Probably the number one advantage of aqueous coating is the cost savings you can achieve – especially in sheet-fed applications. Aqueous coatings are very user-friendly when additional finishing is necessary as well. They work efficiently over most printing process inks, wet over wet or in some cases, wet over dry. They also accept many glues and are very receptive to hot stamping foil.

Aqueous coating is promoted as environmentally friendly. There is a small percentage of solid waste (about 10%) left from an aqueous run and should still be handled with some precautions. It is certainly the environmental choice when compared to UV or film lamination.

Thermal Film Lamination
When protecting the printed sheet or carton from abrasion, chemicals, or even when fingerprinting is of utmost importance, film lamination is the best choice without exception.  Film lamination is available in several matte and gloss finishes and can even be applied with a special embossed roller that leaves a textured pattern over the laminated sheet.

As the number one advantage of aqueous coatings is the cost savings, a major deterrent to the use of film lamination is the price. High volume production of many packaging applications prohibits the use of thermal lamination because of the expense of the film itself and the slower off-line application used to apply the film compared to UV or water-based coatings. In addition, certain types of film laminates have a very low dyne count, meaning the surface tension of the sheet restricts the adhesion of other finishing processes, including hot stamping foils and glues. In the past, the film was corona treated, providing an acceptable surface. The challenge was that the corona treatment would wear off over a period of time. Special films have now been developed with a permanent chemical additive that will readily accept hot stamping foils and glues. If you have questions on the overstampability of the film, it may be wise to consider foil stamping before laminating the sheet.

As you can see, a great deal of analysis must go into the decision when choosing between UV coating, aqueous coating, and film lamination. From a graphic finisher’s point of view, you might think steering your customer towards UV or lamination (because you offer the service and know aqueous will be applied in-line) is the best choice. This certainly is not the right approach for long-term growth with the customer. Helping printers or other customers you work with analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the different coatings and laminates available and helping them match the right choice with the right application will solidify your position with the customer. Suggesting aqueous over UV when the application warrants it, will translate to a happier customer and a longer lasting relationship for the future.

Editorial by FSEA.com

Polyurethane Matte Coating Technology for Product Packaging

Polyurethane Matte Coatings and Consumer Perception

Polyurethane matte coatings are becoming increasingly more popular among today’s consumers who are increasingly focused on all natural and organic products. As a result, brand owners, in an effort to differentiate their consumable goods, are looking to emphasize the perception of product quality through matte packaging which is often associated with the perception of natural-ingredient-based products. Aqueous matte coatings are manufactured to deliver a smooth, matte finish, while maintaining a high degree of color retention and offering several additional features and benefits.

Polyurethane Matte Coatings Offer a Unique Finish

Roymal’s custom polyurethane matte coatings are engineered to impart reduced gloss and a soft, luxurious feel, while also maintaining a high degree of color retention. This polyurethane coating technology and unique polymer design can help packaging professionals create a distinctive finish and provide a “natural” aesthetic to the product packaging. Roymal’s polyurethane matte coating performance, compared to existing matte coating alternatives in the marketplace, offer a distinct look, feel and performance.

The physical properties of polyurethane matte coatings promote a number of features and benefits valuable to converters, packagers, and brand owners, including:

  • Low gloss
  • Excellent clarity
  • Consistent matting from all angles when viewing a package
  • Pleasant aesthetics and a soft haptic feel
  • Excellent print receptivity
  • Heat-resistance suitable for use in further packaging assembly & processing
  • Excellent mar resistance
  • Superior UV resistance

Polyurethane matte coatings are designed for excellent wear and abrasion resistance on packaging films and surfaces. These coatings are engineered for application using conventional technologies and equipment. Aqueous matte coatings can be applied to printed substrates in either spot or complete package coverage. They offer excellent adhesion to ink, with high quality print definition that creates a smooth matte finish. Roymal’s custom matte coatings are applicable to numerous packaging markets and could be an attractive alternative to several existing options, including:

  • Matte films (embossed and silica-filled polyolefin)
  • Matte solvent based lacquers (silica based)
  • Gloss packaging

For more information about custom aqueous matte coating technology, contact Roymal, Inc. by email at roymal@roymalinc.com or by phone at (603) 863-2410

 

 

Waterbased Polyurethane Coatings for Flexible Packaging and Graphic Arts

flexible packaging coatingThe uses of waterbased polyurethane coatings in the flexible packaging and graphic arts markets offers a broad spectrum of solutions and benefits. Polyurethane topcoats, overprints and primers can enhance a product’s appearance and lengthen its lifespan, making it a vital property in the manufacturing of films & product packaging. Custom formulated polyurethane coatings are common among industries like:

·      Flexible Packaging

·      Industrial Graphics

·      Film Coatings

·      Paper Packaging

Polyurethane Coatings Include Topcoats, Overprints and Varnishes

Roymal manufactures custom topcoat chemistries that deliver a variety of benefits to the film converting, printing and graphic arts industry. Polyurethane can enhance the aesthetics of a finished product, by adding a matte, gloss or soft feel finish. Polyurethane properties include flexibility with abrasion, chemical resistance, water resistance and print receptivity to a wide variety of inks including UV, digital and offset. Those benefits include:

Polyurethane overprints are used to protect and lengthen the lifecycle of printed flexible packaging, making them resistant to harsh conditions. They are highly durable to prevent damage from UV, abrasion and exposure to various chemicals. They are conformable for ease of use and when printed on, as well as protect the image and maintain the integrity of the product over time. They are ideal for commercial applications that risk exposure to environmental elements including weather and temperature extremes.

For more information about custom polyurethane coatings please contact Roymal Inc., at (603) 863-2410 or email roymal@roymalinc.com.