ACTEGA Kelstar and ACTEGA WIT have opened a joint NAFTA innovation laboratory in Cinnaminson, NJ, USA. The new facility will accommodate ACTEGA Kelstar’s R&D and technical service labs for its aqueous, UV and fountain solution product lines, and also will be the home of the company’s newly formed Innovation Team.
“Our brand new lab facility emphasizes our continued commitment to superior products and services for the printing industry,” says Jim Wittig, vice president of innovation, who will lead the team. “Due to the continuous flow of innovative products as well as improved quality control, ACTEGA’s graphic arts customers will significantly benefit.” Wittig will be accompanied by John Arnold, who has knowledge and experience in formulating UV curable coatings and adhesives. They bring a total of 60 years of experience to the newly formed organization and jointly hold 10 patents.
The Innovation Team will focus on the development of new technologies for both ACETGA WIT and ACTEGA Kelstar customers. The lab represents an investment of close to $1 million, and will accommodate up to 14 chemists and technicians, creating new job opportunities for the community.
ACTEGA develops and produces specialty coatings, sealants, printing inks and adhesives for the rigid and flexible packaging and graphics arts industry, and is a member of specialty chemical company ALTANA. ACTEGA Kelstar is a manufacturer of specialty coatings and chemicals for graphic arts and one of the largest suppliers of coatings in North America.
ACTEGA WIT manufactures flexographic inks, adhesives and coatings. Both ACTEGA Kelstar and ACTEGA WIT provide technical support and have multiple warehouses throughout the US and Canada.