Innovia Films Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose Films for Packaging and Labels
Innovia Films is a leading global manufacturer of two ‘families’ of speciality products that are supplied to the packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and securities markets – Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and Cellulose-based films.
Our films can be coated / uncoated and are available in transparent, coloured and metallised variants. Sold to converters, brand-owners and end-users across the globe, they have become part of the packaging, labelling or overwrap solutions for some of the world’s best known brands, across a wide variety of everyday consumer goods.
These include confectionery, perfumes, cheeses, teabags, shampoo, cigarettes, beer and biscuits.
We have production sites in the UK, US, Belgium and Australia and operate a global network of sales offices, agents and distributors.
Worldwide we employ 1,350 people and our focus is on delivering high quality speciality products, maintaining strong customer relationships, research and development (R&D) and unsurpassed service.
We sell to more than 100 countries around the globe. With a turnover in excess of Є400m, our total annual film production capacity currently stands at more than 120,000t.
Our brands include:
Manufactured by us since 1933, this flexible cellulose film is used widely for confectionery (twist wrap), bakery, yeast and cheese wraps, as well as box overwraps.
Launched in 2003 this flexible cellulose film takes the Cellophane™ concept to the next level, by being certified compostable according to various industry standards.
A wide range of unique bubble produced high performance BOPP flexible films, coated and uncoated, for packaging and overwrap applications. They are used extensively for biscuit and bakery overwrap, fresh produce, convenience ‘food on the go’ applications and high-speed flow-wrapping. As well as tobacco, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, confectionery, cut paper and digital media box overwraps.
These films were the first BOPP filmic substrates to be used in the pressure sensitive industry and after more than 20 years, they are still ‘leaders of the pack’. Significant areas of the sector have switched from paper to BOPP to enjoy the marketing benefits achievable from the ‘no-label look’.
NatureFlex films challenge convention
NatureFlex™ films are certified to meet the American ASTM D6400, European EN13432 and Australian AS4736 standards for compostable packaging. The wood-pulp is sourced from managed plantations. The renewable bio-based content of NatureFlex™ films is typically 95% by weight of material according to ASTM D6866.
These films are ideal for packaging confectionery, bakery goods, fresh produce, dried goods, snacks, household products and personal care items.
They offer natural and organic product manufacturers the opportunity to align their packaging message with the spirit of their product marketing, by providing them with a compostable, naturally-based packaging material.
NatureFlex™ begins life as a natural product – wood – and breaks down at the end of its lifecycle in a home compost bin (or industrial compost environment) within a matter of weeks. It is also confirmed as suitable for emerging ‘waste to energy’ techniques, such as anaerobic digestion.
NatureFlex™ at a Glance:
- Good gloss and transparency
- Naturally high gas barrier
- Proven barrier to mineral oil residues
- Range of moisture permeabilities available to suit different product requirements
- Wide heat-seal range for enhanced packaging speed and flexibility
- Inherently good deadfold for twist or fold-end uses
- High heat resistance
- Naturally anti-static for high machine performance
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Resistant to greases, oils and fats
- Print and conversion friendly
- Good anti-mist properties
- Compatibility with other bio-materials e.g. for lamination
Latest developments in overwrap films
Innovia Films’ investment in R&D and technical support has kept us as a leader in shrink and collation overwrap films for the tobacco market – with our Propafilm™ range being at the forefront of these developments.
The trend towards clear collation of tobacco packs has inspired our new easy-open ‘Snap Wrap’ films. Scored lines are applied to the film at predetermined positions to coincide with the edges of packs in the collation bundles.
This feature gives localised weakening of the film and offers customers the benefits of snapping the film at the scored lines to remove two packs at a time, while the remainder of the bundle stays collated.
Laminate structures of compostable NatureFlex™ films with paper can be developed for the Roll Your Own (RYO) tobacco market, such as pouches.
BOPP label films
Rayoface™ continues to be at the forefront of developments in Pressure Sensitive Labelling (PSL). It is the industry’s benchmark range of substrates, suitable for conventional and digital printing processes.
Our latest innovations are driving cost out of filmic labels by increasing efficiencies throughout the conversion process.
Rayoface™ CZ Plus and WZ Plus squeezable films offer an inherently printable surface and outstanding print performance without the need for a top coat. We also offer transparent and solid white films for In Mould Labelling (IML) – RayoForm™.
Products and Services
Innovia Films' fast sealing, Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film is being used by a Spanish confectionery manufacturer to individually wrap its range of lollipops and sweets.Read more
Innovia Films' Wigton site in the UK has successfully obtained FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Chain of Custody certification.Read more
The Bank of England has announced its decision to adopt polymer bank notes following the completion of its UK-wide consultation process. It is expected to enter into a contract with Innovia Security.Read more
NatureFlex™ films, manufactured by Innovia Films, have outstanding sustainability credentials and functional performance. ReleaseRead more
Innovia Films' compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™ NVR, has been chosen by a French company, Les Jardins de Gaïa, to pack its range of organic teas in individual sachets.Read more
A German design student has put the spotlight on renewable packaging materials thanks to Innovia Films' products and a unique collaboration between several partners.Read more
In 2014, a new EU Packaging Directive is set to come into force, which will place the responsibility for ensuring that 'packaging is not excessive for the purpose intended and is suitable for recycling, energy recovery or composting' firmly with the packaging producer.Read more
UK-based Innovia Films announced that it has signed an agreement with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to buy its 50% share in Securency International.Read more
Innovia Films' compostable, cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™, is being used in a new pack design that can keep bread fresher for longer and helps to prevent food waste.Read more
Innovia Films, the leading international producer of speciality substrates, will be exhibiting at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany. They will be located at Hall 4, Stand 4-517.Read more
Innovia Films' compostable, cellulose-based material, NatureFlex, is helping a New Zealand coffee roaster meet its commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible.Read more
Innovia Films' compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™, has been selected by Miss Muffet & Co, to wrap its range of fairytale and nursery rhyme inspired premium confectionery.Read more
Innovia Films' renewable, compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™, has won Ganong Bros Limited's approval to pack its range of Easter confectionery in stand-up pouches.Read more
Innovia Films' shrink tightening BOPP substrate, Propafilm™ OS, has been selected by global confectionery manufacturer Ferrero to overwrap boxes of its Rondnoir chocolates.Read more
Innovia Films, the global manufacturer of BOPP and cellulose films used in the packaging and labels industries, has been honoured with an Environmental Leadership Award at the 2011 Chemical Industry Association (CIA) awards. The Environmental Leadership Award is presented to the companyRead more
Innovia Films manufactures cellulose-based renewable and compostable filmic solutions that offer the necessary oxygen and moisture barrier properties required for dried foods. Now these NatureFlex films have been scientifically tested and also proven to provide an effective barrieRead more
Innovia Films' transparent, compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex NVS, has been chosen by a consortium of three Dutch exporters, to pack their range of flower bulbs. This pouch pack is a tri-part lamination construction of NatureFlex NVS to paper and PLA and was developRead more
Innovia Films, the leading international producer of speciality BOPP and cellulose substrates, has launched a new corporate website at www.innoviafilms.com. The new design features updated content and provides customers with all the relevant product information they may require such asRead more
Innovia Films will exhibit at Interpack in hall 9 at stand G03. Innovia Films is a major international producer of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and cellulose (Cellophane) films, with production sites in the UK, the US, Belgium and Australia. Our transparent, metallisedRead more
Innovia Films, the world leading, innovative producer of speciality BOPP and cellulose substrates for a variety of labelling techniques, has launched a new range of films suitable for linerless label applications, Rayoface NB. Working in partnership with leading machine and technoRead more
Innovia Films' high-barrier compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex™, has been chosen by organic food wholesaler Infinity Foods to wrap its range of snack packs. Transparent NatureFlex was launched in 2008 and offers not only compostability, but also a moisture barrier apRead more
Innovia Films will launch a new grade of NatureFlex™ at Emballage 2010 in Paris. Visit us at stand #6C110. The new film, NatureFlex N913, comprises NatureFlex together with a proprietary sealant layer and it is the first of a brand new family of NatureFlex products, which will further iRead more
Boulder Canyon™ Natural Foods, a leading North American snack food manufacturer, has introduced a renewable, fully compostable pack for its line of all natural kettle-cooked potato chips. The innovative packaging has been gaining attention because it looks, feels and sounds the same asRead more
Innovia Films has launched its high barrier NatureFlex range of renewable and compostable cellulose-based packaging films for the North American market. The new films, NatureFlex NKR and NKA, manufactured in Tecumseh, Kansas, provide the highest moisture barriers of any transparent bio-filmRead more
Innovia Films has expanded its high barrier NatureFlex™ range of biodegradable and compostable cellulose-based packaging films. The new high barrier films include a lustrous metallised version, NatureFlex NKM, a range of brightly coloured films, NatureFlex NKC and a solid white fiRead more
Innovia Films' metallised, biodegradable material, NatureFlex™, has been selected by major confectionery manufacturer, Cadbury, to wrap its Flake brand in Australasia. NatureFlex™ NM is a cellulose-based, biodegradable film, manufactured from renewable wood pulp, metallised in-house andRead more
Innovia Films' metallised, biodegradable material, NatureFlex NM, has been selected by British confectionery manufacturer Thorntons to wrap its new Melts brand. NatureFlex NM is a cellulose-based, biodegradable film, manufactured from renewable wood pulp, metallised in-house and sRead more
Innovia Films has gained CarbonNeutral® certification for its full range of cellulose-based NatureFlex™ coated biodegradable and compostable packaging films. The certification was achieved following an independent assessment of the CO2 emissions produced in the manufacture ofRead more
Innovia Films' high barrier compostable material NatureFlex™ NK has been selected by Dutch company Amigos International to wrap its new range of Ananda fair trade, organic dark chocolate from Ecuador. Available in five mouth-watering flavours with a minimum of 70% cocoa contenRead more
A Canadian company, Nature's Farm™, has chosen sustainable and compostable NatureFlex™ from Innovia Films to wrap its range of gourmet pasta products. Founded in 1987 in Steinbach, Manitoba, Nature's Farm is a family-owned business with a poultry operation producing eggs. InRead more
Innovia Films' high barrier compostable cellulose-based material, NatureFlex NK, has been chosen by an Italian producer, New Factor, to wrap its range of organic nuts and dried fruit – Mister Nut Bio. NatureFlex NK was launched in 2008 and offers not only biodegradability and compRead more
A Canadian company, Dr Vie, has chosen sustainable and compostable NatureFlex from Innovia Films to wrap its entire range of nutritional 'superfood' products. Based in Montréal, Québec, Dr Vie is a family-owned business managed by a mother and daughter team. A family hisRead more
Innovia Films' biodegradable and compostable material, NatureFlex NE30, has been chosen to flow-wrap Vegware's natural starch cutlery sets. NatureFlex was an obvious solution for the packaging in this application as the film begins life as a natural product – wood - and breaks down at tRead more
Commercial production has started on a new cellulose film manufacturing line at Innovia Films' Wigton site in the UK. The €10 million investment for the new machine was agreed two years ago and will replace two existing production lines that have been in operation since the late 1Read more
Innovia Films' compostable cellulose-based packaging film, NatureFlex™, has been put to the test by the UK's leading consumer body and passed with flying colours. In the May edition of Which? Gardening magazine, five compostable materials used in supermarket packaging were testedRead more
Innovia Films' high-barrier, compostable, cellulose-based material NatureFlex™ NK has been chosen by an Austrian producer, Sonnentor, to wrap its range of herbs and spices. NatureFlex NK was launched in 2008 and offers not only biodegradability and compostability, but also a moistRead more
The winners of the 2009 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards (sponsored by the Flexible Packaging Association) were announced recently in Florida and NatureFlex from Innovia Films was an integral part of the entry, honoured with two gold awards. The multi award-winning entry is tRead more
Innovia Films’ biodegradable and compostable packaging film NatureFlex has been chosen by the ethical handmade cosmetics company Lush to wrap its range of ‘Happy Easter’ gift eggs. The hollow eggs, available in two varieties (Pink – Candy Fluff Egg and Yellow – Honey Bee Egg) areRead more
Innovia Films is pleased to introduce the latest addition to its Propaream range: a peelable transparent reamwrap film, Propaream T710P, designed to respond to the requirements of the small office home office (SOHO) market. Transparent filmic wrap for cut-size paper is a continuinRead more
Innovia Films’ biodegradable and compostable flexible material, NatureFlex, has been chosen for a new range of organic, mostly raw nutrition bars produced in the USA. Based in San Diego, California, the GoodOnYa concept was founded by former Olympic athlete Kris Fillat. It began fRead more
Innovia Films’ sustainable and compostable packaging film NatureFlex has been chosen by Twinings to wrap one of its major tea products, Everyday. Founded in 1706, Twinings’ high quality teas are enjoyed today in more than 100 countries around the globe. The shift to metallised NatRead more
Innovia Films’ renewable and compostable packaging film, NatureFlex has been chosen by Nestlé UK to wrap one of its signature confectionery brands: Quality Street. Having supplied Nestlé UK for many years with its coloured Cellophane products, Innovia Films was keen to meetRead more
Innovia Films’ next generation of its flexible, compostable film, NatureFlex™ was officially launched today at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin. The new film, NatureFlex NK, offers not only biodegradability and compostability, but also a moisture barrier approaching that ofRead more
Innovia Films’ biodegradable and compostable material, NatureFlex™, is helping a Californian company, Guayaki, in its bid to achieve the ‘greenest’ packaging possible for its Yerba Mate organic tea products. Guayaki (Gwy-uh-KEE) was founded by Alex Pryor and David Karr in 1997. ThRead more
Innovia Films has launched its first range of ‘breathable’ biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, PropaFresh P2G and P2GAF. This range of specific permeable, non-perforated films is the direct result of work carried out at Innovia Films’ own research and development facility.Read more
Innovia Films’ fast seal coated high barrier film, Propafilm FFX26, is being used by Manor Bakeries to wrap its newest product development – Mr Kipling Cake Bites. Part of Innovia Films’ fast flexible films (FFF) range, Propafilm FFX, a biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) material iRead more
Innovia Films’ biodegradable and compostable flexible material, NatureFlex™ has been chosen as part of the packaging for a new range of all natural, organic dog biscuits produced in the USA. Based in Stockton Springs, Maine, Barkwheats™ Dog Biscuits was founded in November 2007 by ChrisRead more
Innovia Films’ biodegradable, compostable and flexible packaging material, NatureFlex is an integral part of a packaging first for an Australian gingerbread biscuit producer. Based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Gingerbread Folk is the brainchild of former architect, tuRead more
Multi award-winning Welsh artisan organic flour producer, Bacheldre Watermill, has chosen Innovia Film’s biodegradable and compostable material, NatureFlex, to add the finishing touch to its stylish flour packaging. Previously using a foil-based label, Bacheldre Watermill was deliRead more
Innovia Films' leading biodegradable, compostable, flexible film – NatureFlex has scooped prizes at two major packaging awards held recently. First, was the prestigious 20th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The annual DuPont Awards is the industry's longest running, indepenRead more
Innovia Films' biodegradable, compostable NatureFlex film is being used as part of the packaging for a leading British cereal producer’s organic range. Jordans has adopted new bags for the recent relaunch of its organic muesli and granola cereal. The innovative packs have been devRead more
Innovia Films' biodegradable packaging material, NatureFlex, is helping a raw snack food company – Superfood Snacks - to fulfill its ideal for natural eco-friendly sustainable bags to package their first product, Chocolate Goji Treats. They are a synergistically balanced fusion oRead more
Innovia Films will be showcasing its full range of NatureFlex, one of the market leading biodegradable and compostable flexible packaging materials, at Bioplastics in Packaging – Interpack 2008. "Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the perceived environmental impacRead more
Innovia Films' biodegradable packaging material NatureFlex is being used by the American company, Askinosie Chocolate, as the inner wrap for its range of small-batch produced premium chocolate. Based in Springfield, Missouri, Askinosie Chocolate was founded by lawyer turned chocolRead more
At Bioplastics in Packaging - Interpack 2008, Innovia Films will be launching a new grade of NatureFlex film, NVR. NatureFlex is one of the market leading biodegradable and compostable flexible films for packaging and labels. NatureFlex NVR belongs to the second generation of InnoRead more
Innovia Films is pleased to introduce the latest addition to its Propaream portfolio: an easy-open packaging film, Propaream T710EO, designed to address the need for increased consumer convenience in the fast moving cut-size paper market. Transparent filmic wrap for cut-size paperRead more
Innovia Films has achieved CarbonZero status on its full range of NatureFlex coated biodegradable and compostable packaging films through the implementation of carbon-reduction schemes. NatureFlex is one of the few packaging materials that has been tested to and complies with theRead more
Innovia Films has launched a totally new biodegradable and compostable film for fresh food applications. NatureFlex NVS has been specifically developed to provide improved dimensional stability under chill conditions. This high gloss film with enhanced transparency has inherent anti-staRead more
The first metallised biodegradable film suitable for both industrial and home composting has been introduced by Innovia Films. NatureFlex NM is a unique cellulose-based film, manufactured from renewable wood pulp and metallised in-house. It has been tested to, and passed, theRead more
One of the leading European producers of hygienic tampons TOSAMA has switched to using film which will biodegrade in waste water to wrap its tampons. NatureFlex NE30, from Innovia Films, is one of a small number of packaging materials which meets the criteria of the Miti Test (ISO 14851Read more
Innovia Films has developed a new vibrant blue Cellophane film for wrapping fresh yeast to help bakers avoid product contamination. The new film - Cellophane LMSCi - is designed to be used to wrap large blocks of yeast. The colour has been developed so that should aRead more
Innovia Films is expanding its market leading range of "squeezable" label facestock films. The latest development is Rayoface WZPA, a high performance white pigmented film, designed for demanding applications requiring resilient conformability on flexible containers.Read more
A new transparent packaging film has been developed by Innovia Films that strikes at the heart of current paper industry concerns about sustainability. NatureFlex 42NE-RW is a unique biodegradable and compostable film manufactured from renewable wood pulp, sourced exclusively fromRead more
The films business of the Belgium-based UCB Group is set to be bought for €320m by a consortium led by the former Managing Director of Hays Chemical Distribution, Dennis Matthewman, who will chair the new company, and Candover Partners Ltd. The new company, headed by theRead more
A new high performance lidding film for sandwich packs which combines excellent barrier properties with easy peel has been launched. PropaLid™, from Surface Specialties, is a biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film which will provide a strong but easy peel seRead more