Multinational packaging company Amcor has invested in Bobst lamination technology to produce high-performance flexible packaging.

The company has installed the Bobst Master D 1000 S multi-technology laminator at its Sustainability Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Ghent, Belgium.

Amcor technical director Kris Buysens said: “The technical laminates that we develop require a stable and repeatable process, where the adhesive can be finely controlled and measured. We also need a machine where multiple adhesive technologies can be employed.

“We chose the Bobst Master laminator because it gives us the tools that we need to develop more environmentally friendly products that meet the challenging demands from our customers and end consumers.”

The next-generation laminator is the result of ‘close collaboration’ between Bobst and Amcor’s team at its Belgian centre in order to meet Amcor’s requirements.

Amcor will use the technology to develop and test multi-layer product solutions while reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

The CoE in Ghent was opened in 2019 as part of Amcor’s endeavour to enhance its position in packaging innovation, as well as fulfilling its commitment to making all its packaging products recyclable or reusable by 2025.

Mr Buysens said: “Innovative packaging design, improved recycling infrastructure and consumers playing their part is all key to protect the environment.

“For converters, this means starting [with] traditional laminated products but reaching right across the entire converting process.

“We were the first packaging producer in the world to set ourselves a specific target for making all our products recyclable or reusable by 2025.

“This pledge is driving all our research and development and to succeed, we need to have the most advanced and flexible technology at our disposal.”

Last month, Amcor Flexibles North America (AFNA) invested in a blown-film production line at its converter film plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The seven-layer blown film line will be used to produce Amcor’s AmPrima PE Plus ultra-clear and heat-resistant films.