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Constantia Flexibles to meet demand for specialty laminates in coffee, confectionery & snacks

By Jenny Eagle+

06-Sep-2017
Last updated on 06-Sep-2017 at 12:14 GMT2017-09-06T12:14:31Z

Constantia Flexibles CompresSeal. Picture: Constantia Flexibles.
Constantia Flexibles CompresSeal. Picture: Constantia Flexibles.

Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m ($7m) to meet a growing demand for specialty laminates in high property barriers, for confectionery, coffee and snacks.

The company has installed two blown-film (polyethylene) extrusion lines to manufacture film-based flexible packaging at its site in Weiden, Germany,

Competence Center Film

The lines include in-house proprietary film formulations, pre-material and an AlOx dual metallizer that can manufacture transparent, high-barrier film products.

The non-metal material comes with additional barrier lacquers and films to create a barrier against aroma, moisture and oxygen, and is transparent.

These investments mean we are now fully integrated into the film value chain at the Hueck Folien plant in Weiden and will strengthen Constantia Flexibles’ credentials as a supplier of high-performance films for different food industries,” said Stefan Grote, EVP Food Europe.

At the same time, our Ebert plant in Wiesbaden, Germany, will focus on being a leading manufacturer of film-based Twist applications for the confectionery industry.”

Constantia Flexibles already has several blown-film (polyethylene) lines in operation within its global manufacturing network.

CompresSeal

 

The research and development activities of the Competence Center Film, established in 2015, in Weiden has already produced CompresSeal, which was recognized at the 2017 German Packaging Awards in the Sustainability category.

New hot-embossing technology and an in-house engineered calander are used to create a film that has a higher seal integrity than standard polyethylene and weighs up to 30% less, while still having the same thickness as standard packaging.

It ensures tighter packs, but also constant processing on packaging lines in winter and summer.

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