US-based Sun Chemical has opened a new facility to produce solvent-based inks in Aliaga, Turkey, with an investment of $30m.

A member of DIC group, Sun Chemical produces printing inks and coatings, as well as supplies pigments, polymers, liquid and solid compounds, and application materials.

Employing more than 90 staff, the new 50,000m² facility will fulfil the growing demand for solvent-based flexible packaging solutions in Turkey and the Middle East.

"Splitting our solvent and water-based plants means that we can meet the increased demand from the flexible packaging sector."

Sun Chemical Turkey general manager Says Arinç Aktan said: "The new facility in Aliaga will be a hub for our solvent-based inks serving customers directly as well as other Sun Chemical sites in Turkey, the surrounding territories and the Middle East.

"Splitting our solvent and water-based plants means that we can meet the increased demand from the flexible packaging sector and serve both sets of customers efficiently."

The company’s Çigli plant currently manufactures water-based inks for local markets.

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Sun Chemical noted that its solvent-based ink systems help improve productivity and meet print quality requirements for high-speed printing.

The company’s SunUno Solimax multi-purpose ink system is suitable for surface print applications on several commonly used flexible packaging substrates and improve press room efficiency while simplifying the overall print production process.

The system can be used for surface printing and lamination for various end-use applications, such as lidding materials, medical laminates and food packaging for confectionery and snack food.

In April, Sun Chemical Performance Pigments launched Benda-Lutz COMPAL WS, a new range of highly concentrated aluminium preparations for coatings and inks.