Press Release Summary:
Providing moisture and oxygen barrier, general-purpose NatureFlex(TM) NK is available in 20, 23, 30, and 45 micron thicknesses and can be used for variety of pack formats, including VFFS, flow wrap, twistwrap, and overwrap. Product offers transparency and gloss and is heat sealable on both sides. Based on renewable raw materials, NatureFlex NK meets EN13432 and ASTM D6400 composting norms. Applications include dried foods such as biscuits, cereals, crisps, and snack bars.
Original Press Release:
New High Barrier Natureflex(TM) Film Launched
Innovia Films' next generation of its flexible, compostable film, NatureFlex(TM) was officially launched today (6 November 2008) at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin.
The new film, NatureFlex(TM) NK, offers not only biodegradability and compostability, but also a moisture barrier approaching that of co-extruded OPP. This means it has the best moisture barrier of any biopolymer film currently available, which has been achieved through Innovia Films' unique coating technology.
NatureFlex(TM) NK is a transparent, general purpose packaging grade suitable for various applications eg dried foods (biscuits, cereals, crisps, snack bars etc). The new product is also ideal for lamination to other biofilms. NatureFlex(TM) NK is available in 20, 23, 30, 45 micron thicknesses and can be used for a variety of pack formats - VFFS, flow wrap, twistwrap and overwrap.
Key Features of NatureFlex(TM) NK:
o Meets EN13432 & ASTM D6400 composting norms
o Based on renewable raw materials
o Excellent moisture and oxygen barrier
o Heat sealable on both sides
o Superb transparency and gloss
o Print receptive surface
"Until now compostable packaging materials have only been used in applications where their inherent permeability was an advantage. This excluded them technically from significant areas of the industry requiring excellent barrier. Now however, with NatureFlex(TM) NK, we can open up mainstream markets such as dried foods and snacks. In addition, converters can use NatureFlex(TM) NK as a basis for delivering further flexible 'bio-solutions', by associating it with compatible biofilms such as thermoplastic starches and copolyesters," said Andy Sweetman, Innovia Films' Global Marketing Manager, Sustainable Technologies.
The first NatureFlex(TM) films (NP and NE families) were launched in January 2003 and were heralded as the most fundamental development in cellulose films for 40 years.
In 2006 the launch of two new grades NVS (semi-permeable flow-wrap film for chilled food applications) and NM (metallised film aimed primarily at twistwrapping applications) took place. In 2007 NVL and NVLW (clear and white films for label applications) were launched.
At Interpack 2008, Innovia Films launched a new grade of NatureFlex(TM) film, NVR. NatureFlex(TM) NVR has been specifically formulated to offer enhanced print and conversion receptivity and has an intermediate moisture barrier with heat-sealability on both sides. Target applications for NVR include bakery, confectionery, pasta, pulses and rice.
NatureFlex(TM) films are produced from sustainable wood pulp harvested from managed plantations and are certified to both EU (EN13432) and US (ASTM D6400) composting standards.
Innovia Films will be showcasing its new NatureFlex(TM) NK product at Emballage, Paris-Nord Villepinte, 17-21 November 2008 - Hall 6, Stand 6G 167 in the Biomaterials Area.
For further information contact:
Patricia Potts, Global Communications Manager or Zena Bergmann, PR Assistant at:
Innovia Films Ltd, R & D Centre, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 9XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 16973 42281
Fax: +44 (0) 16973 41452
NatureFlex(TM) is a registered trademark of Innovia Films Group.
Innovia Films Ltd, is a major producer of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) and cellulose (Cellophane(TM)) films with production sites in the UK (based at Wigton in Cumbria), USA, Belgium and Australia.
It holds a leading global position in the markets for labels and security films, coated packaging, overwrap and biodegradable and compostable films under the brand-name NatureFlex(TM), employing some 1,400 people worldwide (900 staff are based at Wigton in Cumbria)