Sunshine Plastics Inc. of Montebello, Calif., has ordered a 10-color flexographic printing press and recently added a solventless laminator, a laser unit and a better ink system.
``We are growing aggressively in terms of new technology,'' President and owner James Chuang said. ``We have to stay in the forefront of technology.''
Demand for high-end packaging, mostly for the food market, drove Sunshine to invest in a Primaflex CM flexographic press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. of Lincoln, R.I. The press has 10 color decks, maximum printing width of 50 inches and automatic systems for impression setting and register setup.
Sunshine expects to begin operating the press in early 2008. Currently, the firm has three presses with the ability to print as many as eight colors.
The company obtained a Nexus Evo laminator from Comexi Group of Riudellots de la Selva, Spain. Comexi's North American unit showed the compact machine at the Converting Materials/Machinery exposition June 1-4 in Rosemont, Ill., and then shipped it to Sunshine.
In early 2007, Sunshine began operating a color laser micro-perforation unit from Preco Inc. of Somerset, Wis.
The laser enables Sunshine to increase the oxygen-transmission rate in processing resin with barrier properties.
Largely for food applications, Chuang said Sunshine began running corn-based polylactic acid film in July and, earlier, biodegradable film and multilayered coextruded microwavable film. Retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. want access to sustainable packaging and more sophisticated products.
Sunshine has a 56,000-square-foot site in Montebello and a 30,000-square-foot facility in nearby Pomona.
The company, which employs 80, also has extrusion and converting capabilities.