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April 2nd 2019

Specialty Coating and Laminating: Your Partner in the Industry

The “hidden” Cornish Gem

When you think of Kernow Coatings, think best-in-class quality print receptive coated synthetics across all print platforms from traditional litho and flexo to digital dry toner, all ink jet technologies and more recently HP Indigo.

We have the best digitally printable synthetics in the market with the most OEM certifications in the Industry, including over 4000 product combinations respected and sold across the globe.

We didn’t get here by accident

We have Product Managers with extensive experience in their respective market places from Dry Toner to Wide Format, HP Indigo and Pressure Sensitive materials.

Behind this success is not only a significant amount of market and technical knowledge but also one of the most comprehensive range of facilities to support our customers and partners with product development from initial concept through to commercialisation and full production.

Speciality Coating and Laminating: Your Partner in the Industry

We actively work with and encourage our customers across all industries to bring their new product developments to us.

For a Company of its size there are not many who can boast a fully equipped laboratory where all of our formulations are developed from scratch in cooperation with our partners and customers. All of these formulations are proprietary. We then work with our customers using our three pilot coaters enabling us to move through the development and scale-up process to produce concept and trial material before moving through to full production.

All through this process we have a comprehensive library of test equipment and print technologies including one of few fully climate-controlled test suites where we can mirror many of the climate conditions in the world – temperatures from 4°C to 30°C (39.2°F to 86°F) and relative humidity from 20% to 80%.

Our coating lines offer customers a wide range of capabilities for coating, laminating, bonding and stabilising substrates from 1m to 1.6m wide. We can offer both solvent and aqueous coatings with dry coat weights from sub 1gsm to in excess of 70gsm that can be either thermally- or UV-cured.

Whilst we are best known for our quality materials for the print market we are actively developing products with our partners in a wide range of industries such as packaging, construction, textiles, smart cards, heat transfers, pharmaceutical, security print, photovoltaics and electronics to mention a few.

We work with a large array of chemistries with our partners including Acrylics, Polyurethanes, Alumina, TiO2, Carbon Black, Dyes/Pigments, UV Blocking, IR Blocking, Anti-Slip, Anti-Fog, Anti-Static, Anti-Graffiti, Conductive, Waxes, Slip/Anti-Slip, Print Receptivity, Adhesives, Silica, Security (Covert/Overt), Surfactants and more. Kernow Coatings are market leaders in the control of static for printable substrates we are also well known for our ability to colour match substrates to a level even better than the human eye.

Put your money where your mouth is

Kernow is a privately held and wholly UK-owned Company that puts its money where its mouth is in terms of investment. 10% of our personnel are dedicated R&D and Technical development with several PhD chemists in the Team. We have invested more than £ 2 million in a brand new, purpose built coating line that will complement our existing four coating lines and enable us to coat the full spectrum of synthetic substrates from 12 to 700 microns.

So, whether you’re a label printer, a contract coater, a manufacturing organisation, OEM, packaging broker, engineer or designer we would welcome your approach and visit – our facilities are at your disposal and we also have the seaside and pasties within a pebble’s throw

-Kernow Sales Team

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