Finnish firm UPM Raflatac is set to unveil three new sustainable, Bisphenol A (BPA)-free thermal label materials in Europe.

The new materials have been designed for retail weigh-price and backroom labelling applications, as well as for logistics labelling.

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While typically thermal papers use BPA as a colour developer. The new materials will allow printers to offer BPA-free, thermal labels that are equipped with the RAFNXT+ formula of sustainability credentials.

“Our Thermal Eco range now included products that offer all these benefits and have the added advantage of being BPA free.”

As per new European Union legislation, companies are required to eliminate the use of BPA in the manufacturing of all thermal paper from 02 January 2020.

UPM Raflatac EMEIA VIP & Prime segment director Ville Pollari said: “Many brands are incorporating net-positive principles into their strategies and targets, and the Forest Positive concept and RAFNXT+ product range is our answer to this.

“Thanks to their resource optimisation, these products are not only more carbon positive than our standard range, but they also help our customers improve their productivity.

“Our Thermal Eco range now included products that offer all these benefits and have the added advantage of being BPA free.”

According to the company, the label materials are 20% more carbon positive than standard paper materials.

Besides using less energy and water, the materials generate less waste during their lifecycle.

As a sustainable and efficient solution, RAFNXT+ label products offer savings in downtime and start-up waste as a result of fewer reel changes.

UPM designed the products based on its Forest Positive lifecycle approach that is focused on sustainable labelling.

Thermal Eco BPA Free NXT+FSC and Retail Eco BPA Free NXT+FSC label materials can be used for packaging films and cardboards meant for short-life labelling applications such as retail weigh-scale, backroom and logistics labelling.