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Lab in Carlstadt,
PARSIPPANY, NJ—Sun Chemical has re-
inforced its commitment to the graphic arts
and packaging markets by opening a new
coatings lab in its Carlstadt, NJ research
and development facility.
The 11,000 sq. ft. investment features state
of the art equipment and unsurpassed
analytical support for studying migration,
adhesion, permeability and other perfor-
mance related coating phenomena. SEM
microscopy, atomic force microscopy, IR
surface mapping, sophisticated surface
energy measurement and many other tech-
niques are used extensively to advance the
fundamental understanding of key coatings
A variety of equipment has been added
to the new lab, including: gas transmis-
sion rate analyzers, glass bottle testing
instrumentation, and coatings spraying
equipment to develop new and improved
water, solvent and energy curable primers,
inks and coatings. A lab laminator will be
added in 2017 to help study the interaction
between ink, substrate, primers, overprint
varnishes and laminating adhesives.
“ The new Carlstadt coatings lab rep-
resents a major investment in our coatings
business,” said Russell Schwartz, CTO, Sun
Chemical. “This enhanced capability will
help us expand our product range offerings
into an evolving packaging market that
includes laminating adhesives, glass deco-
ration and printed electronics.”
The lab is the fourth of its kind worldwide,
joining similar laboratories located in the
U.K . and DIC R&D centers in Japan. Sun
Chemical’s global reach and understanding
of global regulations, good manufacturing
practices and specific food packaging regu-
lations, gives the company the capability to
develop and test water, solvent, energy cur-
able coatings, including primers, overprints
and materials in order to provide enhanced
functionality, such as barrier properties.
Zeller+Gmelin Celebrates 150 Years
EISLINGEN, Germany—As an independent, family owned company, Zeller+Gmelin can
now look back on 150 years of history. Since the beginnings in 1866, the company, an expert
for specialty lubricants, printing inks and chemistry from Eislingen, has emerged as a pre-
ferred partner of large and small companies. With a two day ceremony and an open day on
Sept. 24, Zeller+Gmelin will celebrate this anniversary.
Zeller+Gmelin offers individual and comprehensive solutions from one single source, f rom
research and development to production. In 2014, the company, with its 16 subsidiaries,
generated a turnover of €269 million. Zeller+Gmelin employs around 900 people worldwide,
half of which are located at the headquarters in Eislingen, 20 percent of which work in the
field of research and development.
On Feb. 23, 1866, the company was registered as a general partnership and shale oil factory.
Behind that were the ideas of the railway engineer Anton Zeller and pharmacist Paul Gmelin
to use the slate quarries of the so called “plains” in Groß-Eislingen for the distillation and
extraction of lamp oil and heating oil. When, however, coal advanced to be the preferred
combustion material, the business gradually shifted to the production of lubricants, which
were in great demand in the course of the upcoming railway expansion.
With the era of motoriza-
tion, the demand for min-
eral oil products increased.
Having recognized the
signs of the times, Julius
Zeller, the oldest son of
Albert, founded a petrol
refinery on the current
premises along the main
railway line in 1898. It has
remained the heart of the
gradually expanding facto-
ry premises. The oil crisis
finally led to a reorienta-
tion, to which Zeller+G-
melin has remained true
until today: “Away from
bulk business, toward our
own production of special-
ties,” explains managing
director Siegfried Müller.
In the inks sector, the
orientation toward niche
markets and a special focus
on the development of UV
products was the decisive
step for a successful future.
The company has been engaged in UV curing of printing inks and varnishes since 1970.
Zeller+Gmelin will celebrate its one and a half centuries’ success story with an anniversa-
ry celebration from Sept. 22 to 24. As a highlight, there will be an open day with a family
friendly program of side events and a lot of entertainment. Friends, families and the interest-
ed public are expected to participate.
Since 1970, Zeller+Gmelin has been engaged in UV curing printing
inks and varnishes.
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