Royal DSM has released Sandy, the newest addition to its Skins range of haptic coating resins which will enable brand owners and convertors to differentiate their products by adding sand-like textures to a wide range of materials, including food packaging.
Skins Sandy offers sandy-feel textures ranging from fine to coarse and is particularly suitable for overprint varnishes, paper and board, and flexible packaging. Its broad food contact compliance will open new possibilities for textured food packaging. It is compatible with a wide range of printing processes, including flexographic and gravure.
Unlike many sandy-feel coating resins on the market, Skins Sandy delivers the desired sandpaper texture in a single coating without fillers or additives, making application easier and reducing formulators’ contact with harmful chemicals. The new resin also offers high shelf stability and production yield, delivering competitive cost-in-use.
DSM’s new resin also offers high levels of sustainability. Its compatibility with one-component waterborne systems avoids the need for potentially harmful solvents, and its ability to add texture in a single coating will also facilitate mono-material packaging that can be easily recycled. The resin is lightweight compared to other laminates, allowing manufacturers to reduce energy and material usage.
‘With Skins Sandy, we’re continuing to meet the print and packaging industry’s need for more brand differentiation options,’ said Adri van der Waals, product launch director at DSM Coating Resins. ‘In particular, Skins Sandy addresses the growing demand for sandy-feel coatings that are sustainable and easier to apply at industrial scale. We’ll continue to expand the Skins family to offer more options for haptic differentiation. And above all, we’ll show that these options can be delivered sustainably, creating a brighter, more textured world for all.’