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Designed for the metal packaging market, we’ve developed a range of specialized solutions for metal decoration that allow packaging to be both functional and appealing, ensuring the packaging does not go unnoticed on the shelf.

Focused on sustainability, we’re constantly working to promote sustainable solutions that contribute to a circular economy. Our Guide to Sustainable Metal Packaging will show how we’re aligning our sustainability goals in metal packaging with those of the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Another solution that further enhances metal decorating is SunDigiProof, one of the tools in the SunColorBox toolkit, a solution that accelerates the color approval process by simulating the metal decorating final product on a clear transfer film that can be laminated to a beverage can and removes the need to produce a costly manual wet proof.

Metal-Decorating Inks for Two-Piece Cans


Sun Chemical’s SunDuo / 3CCQ inks for two-piece cans optimize metal can print production with good press performance and a high pigment load. The inks are suitable for the printing of non-varnish and over varnish steel and aluminium beverage cans.

With excellent printability at high speeds, the SunDuo ink series provides good mileage and a trouble-free process for customers producing two-piece metal cans.


Metal-Decorating Inks for Three-Piece Cans


High-performance ink range for three-piece metal packaging applications Sun Chemical’s SunTrio offers a range of versatile, flexible, cost-effective and highly resilient inks for three-piece metal deco applications, suitable for all types of metal cans and closures, from crowns to pails, aluminum pilfer-proof caps, aerosols, food cans, drawn fish cans and more.

Featuring low misting and good adhesion between layers and to the substrate, the range is available in conventional and UV versions with excellent printability at high speeds. The range also includes migration-compliant inks available for food and other sensitive packaging.

With excellent press performance and Nestlé compliance for all applications, SunTrio enables converters and can makers to efficiently produce metal packaging.

Metal-Decorating on Can, Bottle and Tube


Sun Chemical’s SunAltec ink series offers a high-quality and high-performance range of inks for metal decorating on monobloc aerosol cans, drink bottles and aluminum collapsible. The portfolio of inks provides outstanding performance, superior quality, high productivity and strong chemical resistance properties.

Designed for metal packaging, SunAltec offers thermal, catalytic and UV drying inks.

Part of the SunAltec product family includes the MB Plus Series, a versatile ink series that has been specifically designed for the application on monobloc aerosols. The ink series uses an alkyd-based ink system which has been modified for optimum performance on new generation product lines utilizing today’s basecoat technology.