UPM Raflatac has launched two new face materials for the European market for wash-off logistics labeling applications. Thermalite Top+ PEFC and Thermalite Eco+ PEFC are lightweight and, when paired with the RP45 LW adhesive, they adhere permanently to even rough or patterned surfaces for the lifetime of the label then wash off with ease leaving no residue. With the new materials, plastic pallets, crates, and other containers can be labeled effectively and sent back into circulation over and over again - with minimal fuss and maximum efficiency. Thermalite Top+ PEFC is a BPA-free direct thermal label face for wash-off applications. It has good image stability and keeps its functionality in both chilled conditions and during hot summer transport. Thermalite Eco+ PEFC is a light thermal label face, also for wash-off applications. It is more resource efficient than standard products as the grammage has been reduced - without compromising performance. click Read More below for additional detail
This latest investment is for a fourth multilayer Windmoeller & Hoelscher (W&H) blown film line to address growing demands for high-quality, consistent product. The extruder will be boosting output by another 4 million pounds annually. The investment is in addition to the $32 million outlay for the first three, five-layer W&H lines and expanded production space, made between 2016 and 2019.
“We are seeing increased demand for higher quality flexible packaging, ecommerce protective material and surface protection films. Our continued investment in this facility will help us meet market segment expectations for package performance and provide vertical integration for some of Pregis’ other products,” said Tom Wetsch, chief innovation officer.
Further, the additional warehouse space will enable Pregis Films to create customer inventory programs which will result in reduced lead times for converters serving the food, medical and industrial markets.
In addition to the four W&H lines, the 90,000 square foot area dedicated to manufacturing also houses four state-of-the-art multilayer blown film extrusion lines and film lab. Pregis Films’ research and development team, also located in this facility, works collaboratively with brand owners to formulate the ideal resin blend and operating range for their specific application.