Author: Melissa Walsh

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives to showcase Open & Close labels at the World of Wipes Conference

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives will attend the World of Wipes Conference June 27 – 30 in Chicago, IL.

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives’ range of Open & Close solutions includes Polypropylene and Polyethylene films with a top-performing removable adhesive for high tear resistance, clean removability, good conformability and top reliability. The range is designed for hand wipes, baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, household wipes and more – making opening easier, and ensuring secure product closure.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, North America, “The latest market trends suggest adopting a mono-material approach (PE or BOPP) for both the flex packs and the Open & Close labels. Our range of PE and BOPP constructions ensures full compatibility with this trend for soft and semi-rigid Open & Close labels. Thanks to the adhesive technology and film thicker facestocks, semi-rigid Open & Close labels are a more sustainable alternative to rigid plastic lids that are widely used by this application. Being thinner and lighter, they also reduce the quantity of waste.”

To make semi-rigid Open & Close labels more similar to rigid plastic lids, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives has developed a patent that allows the label to remain open during use to facilitate the removal of the wet wipes from the flexible packaging. The combination of new mono-materials for semi-rigid labels with the company’s patented multi-layer Open & Close labels makes this a unique offer   the market. Just like a rigid plastic lid, this label stays open during use, which makes removing the product from the packaging easier.

Visit us at:

World of Wipes International Conference
Marriot Marquis Chicago
2121 S. Prairie Ave
Table # 105
June 27 – 30, 2022

Acucote introduces recycled content for Direct Thermal Printers

Acucote, part of Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives, has introduced a new Recycled Polypropylene film product for Direct Thermal printing.

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives’ vision for the future is to increase the volume of advanced Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions in its product portfolio from 35% to 70% by 2030. In an effort to work toward this sustainable goal, Acucote is now providing an alternative sustainable film solution for Direct Thermal printers.

The newest offering is a BPA and BPS free 3 mil Matte White Recycled DT Polypropylene containing 30% recycled PP core. It supports high definition imaging and features excellent water, alcohol and oil resistance – ideal for retail, logistics, health and food industries. The face is primer coated for exceptional adhesive anchorage for both removable and permanent adhesives.

For enhanced sustainability, converters can pair the DT Polypropylene film with .92, 1.2 and 1.5 mil PET liners created with up to 50% recycled resin or an FSC® liner. All materials are  available as a custom coat at 60″ x 5,000′.

Design for recycling is among the key strategies pursued by Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives to reach their sustainability goals. The strategy includes favoring the recycling and reuse of materials, increasing the use of recycled materials as much as possible, and reducing the quantity of raw materials used. Moreover, the Division is striving to, wherever possible, eliminate or reduce materials that are difficult to recycle.

Fedrigoni finalizes acquisition of Spanish manufacturer Divipa

The global Group confirms its interest in the promising premium self-adhesives products sector, where it has carried out five M&A operations in the past two years with the aim of strengthening its position as the third player in the world – first in the wine label segment.

The Fedrigoni Group, announces the acquisition of Spanish company Divipa. Divipa is located in Derio, a few kilometers from Bilbao, where it develops, manufactures and distributes self-adhesive materials, with estimated sales of 24 million euros in 2021 and about fifty employees.

Divipa was founded in 1971 by the Alvaro family, which has transferred 100% of the capital to Fedrigoni but some of its executives remain in the management team. With this acquisition, the fifth in two years in the Self-Adhesives sector, Divipa joins Ritrama (Italy), IP Venus and Ri-Mark (Mexico) and Acucote (United States). This acquisition further strengthens the Fedrigoni Group’s position as the third player in the world for self-adhesive materials, where it operates through several brands such as Arconvert, Manter and Ritrama. In fact, Fedrigoni is today the main producer of wine labels and plays a leading role in high-tech self-adhesive labels and films for food, pharmaceutical, automotive, personal and home care sectors and many more.

“The entry of Divipa into the Group is a new milestone in our growth path in the world of self-adhesive materials,” confirms Marco Nespolo, CEO of the Fedrigoni Group. “We have not taken one step backwards in moving our strategic plan forward: broadening the offer in attractive segments and expanding our global presence. These targeted acquisitions enable us to obtain a direct stronghold in all the main geographical markets. We extend a welcome to our Divipa colleagues who are joining our 4,000 global employees.”

“With the acquisition of Divipa, which joins the two self-adhesive production facilities we already have in Spain, we continue our expansion in the increasingly promising sector of self-adhesive materials,” adds Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of the Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives division. “This operation will allow us to increase production capacity and create numerous synergies in production and procurement.”

The agreement was also hailed with satisfaction by Jaime Alvaro Alvaro, the founder of Divipa, “The Fedrigoni Group is a solid industrial reality expanding strongly at an international level, with ambitious development goals. I am pleased that my company and my people are becoming part of it. I am confident they will find the right ground to grow and consolidate significantly in the next few years.”

Acucote Introduces BioPreferredⓇ Product Line

25 USDA Certified Biobased Products Added to its Sustainability Portfolio

As consumer brands are increasingly demanding sustainable labels on their packaged goods without added material costs, Acucote has introduced a line of 25 USDA Certified Biobased products. Materials include coated, uncoated, fluorescents, tag and digital print media. BioPreferred Certification is awarded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Through this program, the USDA validates the biobased content of products through third-party testing to the ASTM D6866 standard.  This third-party testing determines whether or not a commercial or industrial product is composed of biological elements.

Each of the facestocks in this new portfolio are certified by the USDA BioPreferred program as being constructed with 87% biobased components when combined with our CP1 biodegradable adhesive and 40# liner.  The minimum to earn BioPreferred designation is 25%.

CP1 adhesive also complies with 21CFR175.105, the Child Toy and Safety Act, TPCH, CPSIA, REACH and CA Prop 65.  CP1 is acid, BPA and APEO free.

Click here to learn more about Acucote’s sustainability portfolio.

Self-adhesive materials: Fedrigoni strengthens its presence in the USA with the acquisition of Acucote, an American company.

The Italian group continues its growth strategy in ­­the promising premium self-adhesive products sector, strengthening its position as one of the global market leaders. It can now count on a new plant and a stronger commercial presence in North America (where it was already present with own operations in California and the distributor GPA), together with the Mexican company, Industria Papelera Venus, acquired in December

Milan, 22 June 2021 – Fedrigoni SpA, global group leader in the production of high value-added special papers for packaging, publishing and graphics, as well as premium labels and self-adhesive materials, has completed the acquisition of Acucote Inc., a company headquartered in Graham, North Carolina, which develops, manufactures and distributes self-adhesive materials, with a leading position in the US market, a turnover of over $70 million and 142 employees.

Acucote was founded 34 years ago by John Leath, who owns it together with his family. With one plant and 4 distribution centres, the company is an excellent opportunity for Fedrigoni, which intends to extend its presence in the United States, an extremely interesting market in which the Group is already well known and appreciated for its label materials for fine wines.

With this third acquisition in 18 months, after the Italian Ritrama and the Mexican IP Venus in the self-adhesives sector, Fedrigoni further strengthens its position as the third global player for self-adhesive materials, where it operates through numerous brands such as Arconvert, Manter and Ritrama. The Group is a global leader in wine labelling and plays a leading role in high-tech self-adhesive labels and films for food, household, logistics, pharma, beverage and personal care. Acucote also holds an excellent position in the pharma, architectural graphics, retail and logistics segments, making strategic production, distribution and procurement synergies possible.   ”

The acquisition of Acucote represents a further step in the growth strategy in the increasingly promising self-adhesive materials sector, where we are determined to expand our position as market leader,” stated Marco Nespolo, CEO of Fedrigoni Group, “and it is in line with our wish to diversify our geographical penetration, strengthening our position across the Americas and in particular in the United States.””The new entry to the Group will allow us to increase production capacity directly on site and to distribute throughout the United States, also thanks to the integration with our subsidiary company, GPA, to create excellent procurement alliances and to count on cutting-edge technologies, including in terms of environmental sustainability” added Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President of the Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives division.

John Leath, founder of Acucote, also expressed great satisfaction with the acquisition. “I am leaving my company and my people in good hands, which was my main goal. Fedrigoni is an international group and a solid, rapidly expanding industrial reality, in which I am sure Acucote will be able to grow and consolidate significantly in the coming years.”

Fedrigoni
Since 1888, Fedrigoni has always meant excellence in the production of special papers. The Group is one of the major European players in the production and sale of different high value-added papers for packaging and graphics, as well as premium products for labelling and other self-adhesive materials. With over 4,000 employees in Italy and internationally, and 25,000 products, Fedrigoni Group sells and distributes to over 130 countries. Amongst its brands, Fedrigoni counts Cordenons and the historic brand Fabriano in its Paper division, with Arconvert, Ritrama (since February 2020) and IP Venus (since December 2020) in its Self-Adhesives division, which, thanks to recent acquisitions, has become the third largest global player for self-adhesive materials. The American distributor GPA is also part of Fedrigoni Group.

Acucote Expands Sustainable Portfolio with Line of Water Dissolvable Labels

Acucote has continued to expand its portfolio of sustainable products with the introduction of a water dissolvable adhesive and two dissolvable paper stocks.

These new products are designed for any type of application requiring a temporary label. They are ideal for the food service industry, and more specifically food rotation labels.

DS1 is a water-based acrylic emulsion adhesive designed to disperse in either cold or hot water, leaving zero residue. DS1 adheres to metal, HDPE and other LSE plastic containers.

Acucote’s newest dissolvable papers — 40# Water Soluble Litho and 47# Water Dissolvable Direct Thermal — dissolve completely when immersed in water. The combination of DS1 with these dissolvable papers sends less material to the landfill and consumes less energy because the label does not need to be processed in a recycling facility.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “The Acucote Sustainability Team has developed these new products in response to demand from converters and their brand owners for increased sustainable label options. We’re very pleased to expand our portfolio with products that are well suited for the booming food service industry.”

Acucote’s 40# Water Soluble Litho is available with the DS1 adhesive at 45” x 5,000’ with a 5-7 day lead-time. The 47# Water Dissolvable Direct Thermal paper is available with the DS1 adhesive at 55” x 5,000’ with a 5-7 day lead-time.

Acucote’s Application Development Team can source additional dissolvable facestocks if your application requires a custom paper.

Click here to view the full line of Acucote Sustainable options including FSC-approved, biodegradable, recyclable, recycled content and post-consumer waste facestocks. We also offer recyclable, repulpable, environmentally benign, wash off, compostable and biodegradable adhesives as well as FSC-approved, recycled content and post-consumer waste liners.

Acucote Expands Acucote Insights Educational Program

Acucote has expanded its popular Acucote Insights program with two additional educational blogs.

As brand owners are looking for long-term sustainable solutions, customers have turned to Acucote for sustainable materials. Acucote Insights #2 provides a brief description of what constitutes FSC®-certified material and how Acucote can support converters with these materials.

Acucote Insights #3 focuses on commonly asked questions surrounding pattern coating adhesives. Pattern adhesive coating is the process of creating lanes of adhesive coverage and lanes with no adhesive coverage across the web of pressure-sensitive paper or film facestocks.

Both of these recent Insights articles also include short video blogs which highlight key points.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We’re very pleased to expand our Acucote Insights program with these two articles. They are a direct result of common questions posed to our Customer Service and Application Development Teams. Putting them all in one easy-to-access place on our website is an efficient way for converters to gain knowledge that helps grow and operate their businesses. ”

For more information, view the Acucote Insights articles here.

Acucote Expands FSCⓇ -Certified Portfolio

Acucote has continued to expand its Forest Stewardship Council(FSC)-certified product portfolio and now offers over 30 FSC-certified materials.

Acucote stocks dye, pigment, UV, HP and Laser digital stocks along with over 30 prime label materials. The portfolio includes gloss and matte papers, foils, mail tabs, a variety of boardstocks, thermal transfer and a handful of liners including layflat. By choosing these products, converters are supporting responsible management of the world’s forests.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We were honored to pass our Q4 FSC audit and be able to offer this expanded portfolio. Over the past year, we have seen growing demands for sustainable material from our customers who in turn need to meet the requirements of their brand owners.”

If a material is not offered in the standard portfolio, Acucote’s Application Development Team will source additional materials certified by the FSC.  Acucote can also help converters attain Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, by connecting them with printing alliance groups who lend assistance throughout the certification process.

For more information, view the portfolio here.

Acucote Introduces Wash Off Adhesive

Acucote has introduced WOff, a Wash Off Adhesive. This water-based formula provides debonding of non-recyclable label materials from PET and glass containers – making them recoverable.

Debonding occurs when the container is processed utilizing a water temperature of 88 degrees C/190 degrees fahrenheit or higher with an alkaline solution. This sink/float recycling process cleanly separates the label from the container and PET flakes.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “Brand owners are requiring creative solutions to support sustainability goals. Our WOff adhesive was designed to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy through the separation of non-recyclable label materials. When used in combination with PET or glass containers, it provides a more pure recovery through separation of the label from the container.”

WOff can be paired with 2.6 mil White, 2 mil Clear and 2 mil Metalized Elite Polypropylenes or polyester facestocks. To further reduce environmental impacts, WOff can be utilized with .92, 1.2 or 1.5 mil PET liners that are manufactured with up to 50% recycled content.

WOff is recommended for beverage and household applications where the container will pass through its recycling stream and the PET flake process. It is APEO-free and has excellent clarity when used with clear films.

WOff is available in a custom coat master width x 5,000’.

Acucote Publishes Sustainability Commitment Statement

Acucote has developed and published  “Protecting our Planet:  Acucote’s Commitment to Sustainability.”

The commitment statement begins with this paragraph, “Acucote understands our corporate environmental responsibility. From the way we work to the products we offer, we’re committed to being stewards of the environment. We are actively launching and seeking raw material alternatives to build more sustainable product lines. We have joined environmental and regulatory committees to ensure we are up-to-date with our customers’ needs. Internally, we have teams dedicated to ongoing projects designed to reduce Acucote’s environmental footprint.”

According to John Leath, CEO, “I’m very proud of the progress that Acucote has made working toward a sustainable culture that resonates soundly with our employees, customers and suppliers. It’s important that all companies within the label and packaging industry continue to increase programs that implement processes and develop materials complementary to our global environment. I look forward to continuing this journey and augmenting our portfolio with additional sustainable product offerings in the coming months and years.”

The commitment statement details how sustainability has been incorporated throughout Acucote’s organization and plants and describes their participation in industry organizations.  It delves into product development and provides examples of Acucote’s sourcing of raw material alternatives and current and future development of products which will contribute to goals of reducing, recycling, reusing or renewing materials.

Acucote has dedicated a Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) team to furthering their progress in the sustainable movement. This team is reviewing 2020 and 2021 projects and will be adding measurements and timeframes to support the Acucote Sustainability Commitment.  These goals will be published on the Acucote website as they are finalized.

To read the complete Sustainability Statement, go to http://www.acucote.com/about-pressure-sensitive-material-manufacturer/sustainability-initiatives/