Constantia Flexibles and Plasthill Technical Films are partnering to bring Constantia’s proprietary technology, CompresSeal, to the market in Europe.
Plasthill, a producer of high-end technical films and packaging based in Hillegom, the Netherlands, and Austrian-based flexible packaging producer Constantia, are combining their expertise to bring the eco-friendlier films to the market on an industrial scale.
“The technology behind the CompresSeal film is the result of years of research and development by our experts,” explained Pim Vervaat, CEO of Constantia.
“Together with Plastihill’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.”
The CompresSeal technology consists of a novel and special micro embossing technology. Its embossing pattern allows reducing the grammage of polyolefinic sealant films by up to 30 per cent, while still having the same thickness as standard packaging, therefore, 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.
According to the partners, the CompresSeal film has higher seal integrity than standard polyethylene films and weighs up to 30 per cent less.
As a result, fewer additives can be used, and the co-efficient of friction on the packaging line remains constant, and independent of environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity. This is also said to result in higher production speeds.
The packaging solution is particularly suitable to be used in flow packs for washing detergents, dry pet food, coffee, nuts, savoury foods, as well as stand-up pouches for liquids.
“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 turned out to be wonderful,” concluded Sander Kool, managing director at Plasthill.
It will be available to the first customers in selected markets from August 2022 onwards.