Clondalkin Kirchberg, the Switzerland-based subsidiary of Clondalkin Group, has developed an aluminium free foil for butter packaging.
Printable in up to ten colours, the PE based foil provides dead-fold, which guarantees run ability on filling lines, the company claims.
Currently, flow packs for butter are traditionally wrapped in aluminium or aluminium based laminates, which have provided the best dead-fold required for application on filling lines.
In order to overcome environmental impacts caused by the existing flow packs, the company has developed a film-based alternative.
Commenting on the development, Clondalkin Kirchberg commercial director Sander Kool said: "The environmental impact of packaging is at the forefront of the leading brands’ decision-making processes."
"Our customers are constantly seeking more environmental-friendly solutions as a result of consumer demand.
"These requirements mean that we must look at reducing the carbon footprint of our product range, down gauge materials, reduce waste, consider the ease of recyclability and introduce alternative materials. This is now central to our business operation and the products that we develop."
The company claims that PET offers a less carbon-intensive alternative through the lower levels of energy required in the manufacturing process and also requires much less energy to recycle into a reusable material.
Clondalkin Kirchberg currently produces flexible packaging materials for the dairy, food, beverage and confectionery markets.
Image: In order to overcome environmental impacts caused by the existing flow packs, the company has developed a film-based alternative. Photo: courtesy of Clondalkin Kirchberg.