Author: Melissa Walsh

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.”

40# Water Soluble Litho and 47# Water Dissolvable Direct Thermal paper are both available with the DS1 adhesive at 45” 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/

 

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/