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Thinner, more eco-friendly film benefits packagers - company

By Joe Whitworth , 03-Apr-2012
Last updated on 03-Apr-2012 at 13:51 GMT

Linpac Star film
Linpac Star film

Films with a lower gauge but maintaining barrier performance, optics, shrink and anti-fog properties have been developed by Linpac.

The UK-based packaging company launched the three films as part of its Fresh Thinking Strategy, which is “an ethos that is being embedded throughout the entire company.

The LINtop Star lidding films are designed to work with LINfresh expandable polysterene (EPS) modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and Rfresh/Fresh PET/PE trays and standard EPS and rigid trays used in MAP applications.

Europe-wide

The films, made from polyethylene (PE), have been available since the beginning of the year and are aimed at protein food packagers across Europe as part of the firms Fresh Thinking Strategy.

At the end of last year, LINtop polypropylene (PP) HB Lock Seal and LINtop PP HB Peelable films were added to the range.

The optics, shrink and anti-fog properties are to a higher standard than other films and the oxygen barrier properties help retailers and consumers reduce food waste and spoilage, said Linpac.

The LINtop Star PE HB, LINtop Star PE CXI and LINtop Star PE CXO range, are designed to work with existing manual and automatic tray sealers and thermoforming lines and the films have longer reels that result in 33% less downtime and good machine throughputs, said Linpac.

Optimal usage

The manufacturer said the optimal use of raw materials is an illustration of the company proposal to develop fresh products, while minimising their environmental footprint.

Erwan Cadoret, product manager of barrier films at Linpac Packaging, said: “Our fresh thinking innovation strategy is about ensuring that LINPAC Packaging is developing products which our customers and their customers demand, offering them a wider choice of packaging solutions for different applications.

The launch of these films mark a step forward in the manufacture and supply of a new generation of thin high barrier lidding films in line with current market trends.”

An article posted on the firms blog by Jo Stephenson, vice president of marketing and innovation, described the method behind the fresh thinking strategy: “Following a year of fluctuating raw material and energy costs we have moved to put a fresh innovation strategy in place to support customers during volatile market conditions.”

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