Uflex unveils new launches for packaging
Uflex has announced a set of new products and solutions, aimed at sustainability and efficiency. It has also commissioned a 10.4 mt wide BOPP film line in Hungary with a production capacity of 42,000 TPA.
“Uflex has been on the path to fulfill its vision to get closer to its patrons with manufacturing units across the world with BOPP line in Hungary commissioned and Nigeria set to be commissioned. With consumers getting more mindful of what and how they consume, the packaging industry needs to be proactive in developing sustainable packaging without compromising on convenience and functional attributes of plastic. Uflex has progressed in developing green products and solutions such as biodegradable packaging, water soluble bags and more, which will not only meet the approval of consumers but also uplift their perception of flexible packaging industry,” said Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Ltd.
Flexible Packaging Business
In order to enhance the look & feel of pharma packaging, Uflex replaced conventionally used high metal content foil & poly structure packaging in Vicks Action 500 with a paper structure comprising of 40 GSM OLB paper, LDPE and Foil.
This packaging format uses emerging high energy curing chemistries for delivering high performance, low migration product system that supports cross-linking of inks & high gloss coatings. The cross-linking reactions ensure scratch resistance, chemical resistance & colour fastness. The overall process is more environment friendly with no carbon dioxide emissions.
Spout pouches formats have gained worldwide acceptability for packaging due to their multiple attributes such as convenience, easy storage and dispensation, and cost reduction in transportation.
Uflex’s development for Wipro Softouch Fabric Conditioner has a 3-ply structure of Polyester combined with the virtues of BON (Bi-axially Oriented Nylon) & Natural Poly against the earlier conventional 4-ply structure, thus enabling material reduction at source. With a wider gusset at the base, this combination gives strength to hold large quantity of liquid and has successfully replaced the earlier structure in meeting sustainability standards as well.
Uflex’s chemical business has launched the PU resin for 1K matt coating FLEXPAK 2765, which offers a matt finish on the surface of printed PET and BOPP films. This coating resin offers high heat and chemical resistance due to its high cross-linking densities.
Another launch by the chemicals arm is the water-based synthetic adhesive technology FLEXBOND SF WET LAM–1178, designed for side pasting and inner liner pasting in cartons, and can be used on all standard nozzle/roller applicators.
The holography business has developed holographic lidding foils with a special invisible ink to arrest counterfeiting in pharma packs. This first time development for holographic blister foil substrate includes an addition of new layer of security that includes covert features by incorporating the invisible ink which is visible only under UV light, thus making it easy for brands to confirm product originality throughout their value chain. In addition, the feature helps consumers to identify the genuine brand before any purchase.
Since this development is viable on the current packaging set-up, it brings no additional cost burden on existing packing lines.
Uflex’s Engineering business has designed a Combi Laminator for use in both dry and solvent-less lamination process. The Combi laminator overcomes the challenge of change-over time, thus saving time. It runs at a speed of up to 450 mpm and has both the lamination units pre-exist in fixed frame that helps achieve higher accuracy by reducing downtime since no change-over is required.
The Engineering Business has also designed a lamination machine that allows registered heat seal lacquer coating and registered cold-seal lacquer. With this new machine, coating on pre-printed substrates such as chocolates and candies which was earlier a tough task has now been made easy.
Aseptic Liquid Packaging Business
The Aseptic Liquid Packaging Business manufactured aseptic packs with foil stamping aesthetics for liquor brand, UDAAN. These packs create an elevated shelf appeal for the brand with superior aesthetics that makes the pack stir the retail shelves.