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ACPO Names Director of R&D

Oak Harbor, Ohio – acpo, ltd. announces the naming of Tom Dupont as Corporate R&D Director.  Tom has been with acpo for three years and has led the team developing and commercializing multiple products lines including: High Barrier Flexible Packaging films, Anti-Counterfeit films, Laser Printable films and Digital overlaminates.

Tom has over twenty years experience in the pressure sensitive tape industry. Prior to joining acpo, he was Plant Manager at tesa tape, previously holding the positions of Process Engineering Manager and Coating/Converting Department Manager. Tom was also Coating Department Manager at Spinnaker Coating and a Technical Associate at Akrosil.

Currently Tom retains a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an MA in Religious Education from the Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary. In sharing his knowledge of the PSA tape industry, he was also a faculty member for the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council.

Sun Chemical Partners with ACPO to Sell SunBar® Oxygen Barrier Coated Films

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – August 17, 2016 – Sun Chemical has entered into a partnership with ACPO, Ltd., a premier coater of flexible films, to meet the growing demand of brand owners and flexible packaging converters for high barrier transparent packaging.

Sun Chemical will supply its SunBar® oxygen barrier coatings to ACPO to coat and supply various films to flexible packaging converters. Since few converters have the capability to coat thin films, only a limited number were able to take advantage of the SunBar barrier coating technology.

Since ACPO specializes in coating thin films with state of the art equipment, converters will have alternative barrier films at an economical price that offer improved barrier properties without needing to make capital investments in a coating unit.

SunBar oxygen barrier coatings offer converters cost effective, durable, sustainable films that support lighter weight packaging trends by creating a smooth, homogenous, pinhole-free, and flexible layer that can be easily overprinted with inks and laminated to a variety of secondary films. SunBar is a cost-effective, compostable, chlorine free and metal-free alternative.

SunBar coated films from ACPO are an excellent choice for clear high barrier flexible packaging structures and also for ultra-high barrier metalized film structures.

“The need for barrier films is growing at a healthy pace,” said Robert O’Boyle, Product Manager of Coatings, Sun Chemical. “Consumers will buy what they can see. This has led to the growing trend of transparent packaging that allows consumers to see the actual food. Many natural foods, such as granola, nuts and fruit, require a high barrier film for better protection. Since the majority of printers don’t have the ability to coat films, our partnership with ACPO will allow us to deliver them with the coated films they need to meet this trend. Choosing to partner with a respected leader in self-wound overlamination products like ACPO was an easy decision for Sun Chemical to make.”

“We are excited about this partnership with Sun Chemical,” said John Coyne, Product Manager at ACPO. “They are a recognized leader in our industry with an abundance of resources. They have already provided a high level of support. I feel that our strengths complement each other and together we will deliver innovative barrier film solutions to converters and brand owners.”

Currently two different ACPO coated films, polyester and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), are available with SunBar oxygen barrier coatings. There are plans to add to the barrier film product line by introducing other SunBar barrier coated films in the near future.

About ACPO, Ltd.
For over 30 years, ACPO, Ltd. has been dedicated to manufacturing and supplying self-wound pressure sensitive coated films to the narrow web printing/converting market. As the industry leader, we pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality manufacturing standards while providing customers with superior products and exceptional service. ACPO overlaminates can be found on labels and flexible packaging products from the health and beauty industry to pharmaceuticals to pet food. ACPO is a subsidiary of Esperia Holdings, a Florida company with multiple plants, converting and distribution facilities. “Films with Technology. Products with Purpose.”

About Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC group, is a leading producer of printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid compounds, solid compounds, and application materials. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical has annual sales of more than $7.5 billion and over 20,000 employees supporting customers around the world.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs) are adhesives which form a bond when pressure is applied to marry the adhesive with the adherend (or substrate). No solvent, water, or heat is needed to activate the adhesive. They are used in pressure sensitive tapes, labels, note pads, automobile trim and a wide variety of other products.

As the name “pressure sensitive” indicates, the degree of bond is influenced by the amount of pressure which is used to apply the adhesive to the surface. Surface factors such as smoothness, surface energy, removal of contaminants, etc. are also important to proper bonding.

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A laminate is a material that is constructed by uniting two or more layers of material together. The process of creating a laminate is lamination, which generally refers to placing something between layers of plastic and bonding them with heat and/or pressure, usually with an adhesive. The materials used in laminates can be the same or different. An example of lamination using different materials would be the application of a layer of plastic film — the “laminate” — on either side of a sheet of glass — the laminated subject. Vehicle windshields are commonly made by laminating a tough plastic film between two layers of glass.

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Polyester (PET)
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Polyethylene terephthalate (sometimes written poly(ethylene terephthalate)), commonly abbreviated PET, PETE, or the obsolete PETP or PET-P), is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers; films, thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fiber.

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