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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/

 

Acucote Joins FLAG as Vendor Partner

FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) has announced that effective today they have signed a Vendor Partnership with pressure-sensitive manufacturer Acucote, Inc., headquartered in Graham, North Carolina.

Independent converters who belong to FLAG will now benefit from Acucote’s wide variety of custom capabilities which feature a diverse selection of adhesives, facestocks and silicone release systems and are complemented by a broad portfolio of stocked inventory products.

According to John McKay, FLAG President and Founder, “We are proud to welcome Acucote to our group of World Class Vendor Partners. We believe that their custom capabilities, backed by a streamlined application development process, will help our Members to grow their business in value add segments. Bringing on Acucote is an example of how FLAG strives to deliver savings in nearly every area of a label shop.”

Gene Lauffer, Chief Operating Officer, Acucote adds, “Over the years, many of our customers have asked us to join FLAG.  We’re thrilled to now be a Vendor Partner, and look forward to introducing our unique services and broad portfolio to all of FLAG’s converter Members and demonstrating how we can help them achieve solutions to the most difficult labeling challenges.”

For more information on the benefits of FLAG , visit https://flexolabeladvantagegroup.com/schedule-webinar/

Acucote Further Expands Pressure-Sensitive Digital Portfolio

Twenty-one new products added to robust portfolio

Acucote has once again expanded its portfolio of pressure-sensitive media for inkjet (UV, dye and pigment), laser/toner and HP print technologies.

A highlight of the digital portfolio is the range of durable labelstocks including Kimdura Ultra film (for pigment printing) and Kimdura DualTech film (for pigment and laser/toner compatible printing). Both of these products are BS5609 Section 2 certified. To obtain BS5609 certification, labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion test in the English Channel. BS5609-certified labels are proven to meet the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.

The digital portfolio also features six new additions to Acucote’s Waterjet line of dye and pigment compatible stocks including 2 mil Gloss Clear Polyester and 4 mil Metallized Polyester/Polypropylene films. New to Acucote’s line are the 12pt Gloss and Matte Boardstock options for both dye and pigment printing. The portfolio expansion also includes Endura Inkjet Durable Papers for pigment, dye and laser/toner print technologies.

The laser and toner compatible portion of the digital portfolio has been expanded with 13 new products: seven new film combinations featuring 2 mil Clear, 2 mil Metallized and 2.6 mil Gloss White Toner Polypropylenes, 3.2 mil Clear Laser Vinyl and 3.5 mil White Laser Vinyl. There are also six new paper combinations utilizing 60# Laser Semi Gloss, 57# Laser High Gloss and Bright Silver Laser Foil.

According to Melissa Harton, product manager, digital media, “Specifications for labelstocks are increasingly becoming more stringent in terms of temperature range, environmental resistance, stronger adhesives and better printability. Over the past years, we’ve seen a gradual shift from strictly laser to pigment-based print systems for outdoor and drum labeling. We’re pleased to expand our portfolio to meet the needs of the fast-growing durables sector as well as support the variety of print methods constantly growing in today’s marketplace.”

Harton continues, “While our digital portfolio of stocked products, certified by leading OEMs, has continued to evolve, what truly differentiates Acucote is our renowned Application Development Team. This team specializes in custom orders – matching up the best facestock, adhesive and liner for the specific print technology and creating innovative and effective solutions to serve our customers’ most demanding digital requirements. And best of all, they will recommend solutions in days, not weeks.”

To view the complete Acucote digital label portfolio visit: http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/digital-printable-materials

Acucote Introduces Secure Closure Labels for Food Service Providers

Tamper-proof seals generate consumer confidence in take-out and delivery

Acucote has expanded its portfolio of tamper-evident and dry release products to support the heightened security requirements of food service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takeout and the use of food delivery services have increased dramatically. Consumers are now demanding secure closure labels on delivered food containers and packaging. Brands are stepping up to the task by introducing closure labels to indicate that the package was not tampered with after leaving the restaurant or store. Acucote offers a full portfolio of tamper-evident labels and dry release products which provide excellent security solutions for food service providers. Tamper-evident products include frangible papers which tear easily when removed, and film facestocks. These solutions easily serve as closures for bags, cartons and trays and provide evidence of tampering.

Acucote’s Dry Release technologies also serve as food closures, and can provide additional proof-of- tampering. For food closures, Acucote suggests Diamond-Cote® Single Ply products for single-side messaging, and Diamond-Cote® EZ products for two-sided messaging. The newest solution from Acucote is a security feature paired with Diamond-Cote® EZ. Acucote can now provide a customized printed message or logo between the leave behind ply and the pressure-sensitive adhesive that bonds the label to the package. The result is a unique opportunity to convey additional brand identity or a security message on the leave behind film which remains on the food packaging once the closure is removed.

According to Earl Curran, VP Business Development “These turbulent times require rapid development of new solutions for food security and tamper-evidence. We are very pleased to offer our new Diamond-Cote EZ printing capability for added messaging as well as a full portfolio of tamper-evident products to assist US converters in meeting the new requirements in their food service to customers.”

In addition to food security, dry release technology can be utilized to increase loyalty and lock in future business. Dry release coupons can feature incentives for future purchases by displaying a discount or promotional message on the facestock peeled away from the container.

For information on Acucote’s dry release portfolio visit http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/clean-release-coupon-labels/, and for tamper-evident solutions visit http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/tamper-evident-films-litho-paper/

Acucote Introduces “Acucote Insights” Educational Series

Inaugural issue features sustainability

Acucote has introduced “Acucote Insights” – a series of educational brochures designed to help converters navigate complex purchasing decisions. The first issue has just been released and is focused on sustainability.

“Acucote Insights” is the result of the many questions and issues posed by North American converters to Acucote’s Application Development Team. The Application Development Team regularly provides Acucote customers with general guidance on common sustainability terms and product options in order to assist them in taking the next step to solve inquiries from their brand owner customers.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, “In addition to making product recommendations and sourcing new materials, our Application Development Team fields questions about sustainable terms and practices day after day. We’re very pleased to be able to package them in an easy-to-read format and to help converters become more ‘sustainably savvy.’”

Acucote offers a broad portfolio of sustainable facestocks, liners and adhesives. To view the complete Acucote sustainable portfolio and download the “Acucote Insights: Sustainability” visit http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/sustainable-products/

Acucote Introduces Broad Stocked Portfolio of Cannabis Label Materials

Converters can now take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments

Acucote, has expanded its portfolio of stocked label material for the cannabis industry.

The global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach USD 73.6 billion by 2027, and expand at a CAGR of 18.1% according to a new report published by Grand View Research, Inc.

Labels are used in a variety of cannabis applications including CBD Oil, Concentrates, Flowers, Edibles, Extracts, Salves/tinctures, Terpenes and Topicals.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, “Increasing legalization of cannabis for medical as well as adult-use is fueling an outstanding growth curve in this market. We created a portfolio of stocked cannabis facestocks, adhesives and liners so that our customers can quickly and easily meet the needs of dispensaries and attract consumer attention.”

The portfolio features a new environmentally friendly facestock, 60# Hemp paper. It is made from 25% hemp and 75% post-consumer wood.

Additional stocked substrates for retail and decorative labels include prime films (2 mil Clear, 2 mil Metallized and 2.6 mil Gloss White Elite BOPPs), variable print films (46# C1S SynthermⓇ), and prime papers (35# C1S Litho, 54# Semi Gloss, and 50# Brown Kraft). Foils and metallized papers are also popular with cannabis producers and Acucote offers bright and dull silver and gold foils and silver metallized paper.

As product security is a major concern in this market, the portfolio also features tamper-evident materials (2.5 mil Silver Scratch Off Polystyrene, 55# Tamper Evident Litho, 2 mil Silver Void PET, 2 mil White Void PET, Syntherm® TE, and 2 mil Clear Acetate UD).

Lastly, the portfolio includes material for plant life cycle labels (Kimdura® Inkjet Ultra and 2.6 mil Matte White Premium TT BOPP) and digitally topcoated materials (for dye, pigment, laser, UV Inkjet and HP presses).

Seven different adhesives are included in the Acucote Cannabis Portfolio including P2000 (durable rubber resin for plant life cycle), P50 (durable acrylic for plant life cycle), CP1 (environmental rubber resin with biodegradable components), SX780 (tackified acrylic for tamper-evident applications), GPX (general purpose permanent acrylic), GPX Blockout (black opaque permanent acrylic) and 31PB (tackified acrylic for tight mandrel applications).

To view the complete Acucote cannabis label materials portfolio visit http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/cannabislabel

Acucote Offers Broad Portfolio of Election Promotional Label Materials

Converters can now take advantage of election season business growth

Acucote, a solutions-oriented pressure-sensitive adhesive coating manufacturer, has expanded its portfolio of stocked material to meet the urgent needs of political campaigns with pressure-sensitive and non-pressure-sensitive promotional products.

Converters can select from a variety of materials that can be used to produce bumper stickers, window decals, stickers, name badges, rally fans, door hangers, wall graphics and mail promos. Acucote offers promotional labelstock for flexo presses as well as topcoated digital materials for dye, pigment, laser, UV Inkjet and HP presses.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, “Election season is a busy time for Acucote customers. We created this stocked election portfolio to help them quickly identify and purchase the facestock, adhesives and liners they need to take advantage of this timely surge in business.”

Stocked substrates that support election promotional materials include white, clear and colored vinyl; white, clear and metallized polypropylene; rigid white and clear polyester; 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14pt boardstocks; and a large selection of papers, films, foils and piggybacks. Acucote also offers a full line of outdoor permanent, removable and textile adhesives and a large offering of layflat liners in the Election Promotional Product Portfolio.

If a promotional election product is not stocked, Acucote’s Application Development Team will work with converters to quickly develop a custom solution.

To view the complete Acucote election promotional label materials portfolio visit http://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/campaign-products-bumper-stickers-and-decals.

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Acucote Expands Portfolio of Security Facestocks

Now offering 2 mil Clear Acetate Ultra Destructible

Acucote, a solutions-oriented pressure-sensitive adhesive coating manufacturer, has expanded its portfolio of security facestocks with the introduction of a 2 mil Clear Acetate Ultra Destructible (UD) Facestock. This cellulose diacetate film exhibits a high level of destructability by sheering itself upon tampering.

The new 2 mil Clear Acetate UD can be used to achieve a “no label look” for tamper-evident seals and labels. A gloss topcoat provides enhanced flexo printability and its relatively high stiffness is ideal for machine-applied labels. Acetate UD from Acucote also has good processing characteristics and exceptional die cutting and waste removal when compared to other tamper-evident films. There are possible environmental advantages when combined with certain adhesives and liners.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We’re very pleased to add this new facestock to our line of specialty security products. We are constantly evaluating new facestocks. In this case, so our converters don’t have to settle for standard tamper-evident materials when looking for security solutions for their customers.”

Acucote 2 mil Clear Acetate UD facestock is available with SA780, tackified acrylic and other adhesive combinations.

To view the complete Acucote security portfolio visit:
https://www.acucote.com/pressure-sensitive-products/tamper-evident-films-litho-paper

Acucote expands removable PSA portfolio

The new removable adhesives have a range of tack performance which meet varying application requirements.

Acucote, a pressure sensitive adhesive coating manufacture and supplier, has expanded its portfolio with the addition of nine new removable adhesives. This brings the company’s total portfolio to 18 removable adhesives.

The new removable adhesives have a range of tack performance which meet varying application requirements and energy surfaces. Included in the portfolio are adhesives which meet FDA 175.105 regulations and that are California Proposition 65 compliant. There are also options for rigid facestocks and hard-to-label textile fabric materials. All of the adhesives are latex-free and two of the new products are also acid-free.

In addition to converted blank labels for office applications, printed removable labels are used in a wide variety of applications including wall graphics, oil change stickers, food labels with a blank date on the package, cup labels, decorative boxes and rubber containers with labels that wrap around the lip.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We’re very pleased to add these nine new adhesives to our existing portfolio. These new products will help North American converters increase sales and enter into new markets as they support their end customers with increased brand recognition, promotions or event and product labeling.”

To view the complete Acucote removable label portfolio, click here.

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