Amcor has introduced its "Sunshine" eco-friendly folding-carton printing process into its factory in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The site is the first in Latin America and the 13th Amcor site globally to get the technology, which uses in-line application of a bright silver coating over an ultraviolet or electron-beam primer, removing the need for foil stamping or laminated metallised board.

According to Patrick Dedoyard, vice president and general manager of Amcor’s Specialty Cartons business, Americas, the technology is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and has plenty of design flexibility. “More and more companies and consumers want packaging that is highly attractive and with reduced environmental footprint,” he said.

An ASSET Lifecycle assessment found that the process applied to standard white board produces 40 per cent less waste and greenhouse gas emissions than laminated metallised board.

Sunshine launched in 2014, and has been used to produce eight billion packages at Amcor sites in the United States, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, and South Korea.



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