Toppan Packaging Czech, a company of Tokyo, Japan-based TOPPAN Group, has broken ground on its new barrier film plant in the Czech Republic.

Located in the Ústí nad Labem region, the new factory will manufacture GL Barrier, a barrier film developed and manufactured by TOPPAN for use in eco-friendly packaging.

The plant will be equipped with environmentally friendly technologies, including heat reuse systems to improve energy efficiency, TOPPAN’s managing executive officer Masahiko Tatewaki said at the time of announcing its plans to build the plant in March this year.

Officials present at the ground-breaking ceremony included the ambassador of Japan to the Czech Republic, Hideo Suzuki, Ústí Region governor Jan Schiller, and others.

The new plant is set to become operational at the end of 2024.

It will serve as a strategic base for the company to cater to the increasing demand for sustainable products in the European market.

GL Barrier products are based on GL Film, a transparent film featuring a multilayer structure that combines a coated layer and a high-quality vapour-deposited layer.

Products under this brand are used in various sectors, including in medical/pharmaceutical, food, and industrial materials.

Tatewaki said: “I would like to express my great appreciation to everyone who has supported our plan for TOPPAN’s very first Czech site in the city of Most.

“Our barrier film is not only a sustainable and recyclable product but also uses the most advanced technology in the world. We are very proud and excited to support our customers and consumers by providing products from Most to the European market.

“I believe that by being able to come to the Czech Republic, we will be able to make an even bigger leap forward in this business. We are just at the starting line, and your continued support and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.”