The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized a new Mactac pressure sensitive adhesive PureFloat for the association’s highest recyclability standard.

PureFloat is a permanent acrylic emulsion adhesive intended for polyester (PET) bottle labeling applications. It was designed specifically to be washed off cleanly to allow the container to be recycled.

‘Meeting APR standards is a significant step for Mactac in demonstrating our company’s commitment to the environmental impact and recyclability of our products,’ said Kim Hensley, senior marketing manager at Mactac Performance Adhesives.

To receive APR recognition products must meet or exceed the most challenging test conditions and strict guidance criteria developed as the result of a multi-industry consensus of key issues related to recycling post-consumer PET bottles.

The criteria met is known as the APR Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Label for PET Bottles Critical Guidance requirements and applies to Mactac labelstocks pairing the PureFloat adhesive with a 2.6-mil white top-coated polypropylene facestock or a 2.0-mil clear top-coated polypropylene.

The clear and white polypropylene product combinations can undergo common PET recycling processes without contaminating any PET flake by-products. During the washing process, Mactac’s labels easily separate from the PET container and float, allowing high-value, clean PET flakes to be recovered.

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Epson Celebrates, Reflects on Milestone of 100 Installations

Epson has installed its 100th SurePress at a New York printer, and its first installation in North America – at Tape and Label Converters – is still in operation.

Ed Valencia has operated the SurePress since the first day it was installed at Tape and Label Converters.
Ed Valencia has operated the SurePress since the first day it was installed at Tape and Label Converters.

Digital printing continues to garner significant interest in the label and package printing industry, and that trend is only expected to surge in the future. As McKinsey & Company states, we are in an era of packaging “defined by digital.”

The data illustrates this point, too. According to Jennifer Dochstader, managing director, LPC, Inc., “One in five converters indicated that they will be buying a digital press in 2023 while less than 10% of companies indicated that they planned to purchase a conventional press next year. We predict that from 2023-2025 we will once again see digital press sales outpacing conventional press sales by a wide margin.”

Epson, a California-based digital printing manufacturer, has just seen its flagship SurePress line installed for the 100th time to a New York printer. This is not the only milestone at Epson, as the company can proudly say that its first installation, which took place at Tape and Label Converters in Santa Fe Springs, CA, is still in operation today. The first and most recent installations are a testament to Epson’s commitment to quality and service.

Tape and Label Converters installed the press on June 28, 2012.

Tape and Label Converters runs the press daily and has had minimal service intervention,” explains Mike Pruitt, senior product manager, Industrial Labels, Epson America. “The fact that the press remains operational day in and day out is an example of the stability and robustness of an all-Epson platform, which includes the ink.”

Tape and Label Converters boasts multiple traditional flexo presses, as well as the Epson SurePress L-4033. Headed by Robert Varela Sr., the converter has a wide customer base that serves numerous industries. Reference:

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