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Constantia Flexibles and Plasthill reduce packaging weight for more sustainability

Constantia Flexibles and Plasthill Technical Films, a company of the Dutch Oerlemans Packaging Group, are partnering to bring Constantia Flexibles’ proprietary technology, CompresSeal, to the market in Europe. The CompresSeal film has higher seal integrity than standard polyethylene films and weighs up to 30% less. It will be available to the first customers in selected markets from August 2022 onwards.

Plasthill, a producer of high-end technical films and packaging based in Hillegom, the Netherlands and Austrian based flexible packaging producer Constantia Flexibles, combine their expertise to bring the eco-friendlier films to the market on an industrial scale.

 

Pim Vervaat, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: “The technology behind the CompresSeal film is the result of years of research and development by our experts. Together with Plasthill’s leading embossing capabilities, we take this forward-looking packaging solution to the next level and offer it to customers in a broad variety of packaging applications.”

 

A partnership to further improve flexible packaging

The CompresSeal technology consists of a novel and special micro embossing technology. Its innovative embossing pattern allows reducing the grammage of polyolefinic sealant films by up to 30% while still having the same thickness as standard packaging. Thus, also the carbon footprint of a given packaging specification can be reduced.

 

Furthermore, the technology reduces the issues associated with migrating slip agents usually used in the PE and PP film industry. Thus, fewer additives can be used and the coefficient of friction on the packaging line remains constant, independent of environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity. This also results in higher production speeds. The innovative packaging solution is particularly suitable to be used in flow packs for washing detergents, dry pet food, coffee, nuts, savory foods, as well as stand-up pouches for liquids.

At first, the focus will be on polyethylene sealants in thicknesses above 60 grams per square meter, where weight-saving has the most significant environmental impact.

 

Sander Kool, Managing Director at Plasthill Technical Films, says: “Our proposition is ‘The sustainable innovator’ and producing these new films is entirely in line with our Rethink Plastics strategy. The cooperation and teamwork with Constantia Flexibles turned out to be wonderful!“