ACTEGA recently announced that it is increasing its production capacities for water-based and UV overprint varnishes. As a result, the company’s global production output will increase to more than 150,000 tons per year. Around €2 million (approximately $2.2 million) has been invested in a new integrated site in Brazil, where a total of 180 employees will be located to support the business.

“Production and warehousing will occupy most of the 12,000 square meter facility with new high efficiency equipment installed to produce overprint varnishes,” said Andrei Sotkeviciene, managing director for ACTEGA in Brazil. “Research and development activities will take place in an ultra-modern, 500 square meter research laboratory set up for this purpose.”

In addition, ACTEGA has recorded an increase in production capacities, especially for UV coatings, due to the integration of Schmid Rhyner AG. This company, based in Adliswil, Switzerland, with almost 80 employees and a turnover of around €50 million (~ $54.1 million), specializes in solutions for print finishing and digital printing.

For differentiation, companies are increasingly turning to coatings with special effects for use on sophisticated folding cartons such as food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and tobacco packaging, as well as other printed products. One focus in this sector is on digital printing and digital varnishing. As early as 2016, competence and technology centers for digital printing were established at the Lehrte site near Hannover, Germany, and the Cinnaminson facility in New Jersey. These facilities bundle R&D activities and provide inks, primers, and overprint varnishes required for digital printing technologies.

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