CCL Industries division Innovia Films has expanded its offerings with the introduction of a range of transparent high-barrier packaging films.

Known as Propafilm Strata SL, the recyclable films can be used as a standalone mono-filmic solution or in laminate constructions and could be suitable for the food industry.

The transparent nature of these films, which are Food Contact-compliant and chlorine-free, allows customers to view the products that are wrapped inside.

Innovia Films global product packaging manager Alasdair McEwen said: “Our new in-house technology has enabled us to produce a totally new film with unique barrier properties.

“Strata SL has a very effective barrier to aroma, mineral oils and oxygen, even at high relative humidity levels, ensuring increased shelf life and reduced food waste.”

McEwen also noted that the company has conducted beta trials during the development of this product and achieved positive results to prove its ‘excellent machinability and printability’.

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The company is working with some of its customers to conduct shelf-life tests to explore the product for their particular application.

He added: “Our target markets for this packaging film are cereal bars, biscuits, snacks, dried fruit and nuts, as well as tea and coffee.

“This new development is very timely in view of the industry move towards recyclability and a circular economy. Our next product launch will follow very soon and will offer even higher barrier levels.”