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Downguaged shrink film

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Downguaged shrink film
This thin shrink film offers all the protection and performance of a conventional shrink film
In Use – A number of businesses are already taking advantage of the benefits provided by NOV8.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Shrink and stretch wrap

Supply Chain Phase
Packing, Transportation

Details

This film has been engineered to offer all the protection and performance of a conventional shrink film but from a thinner film thickness. In addition, the use of solvent free plate making technology for printing eliminates ozone damaging volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the process. The film also provides excellent optical properties and has a high gloss finish. It can also be photo quality printed in up to eight colours to provide image depth and vibrancy.
 
The film, called NOV8, has been developed using BPI Films' advances in polymer science and extrusion technology. 
 
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

NOV8 is thinner than conventional shrink films but offers equivalent protection and performance. This means users apply less film by weight to wrap a given pack.
 
NOV 8's thinner profile also means it is possible to wind more film onto a standard reel in comparison to a conventional thickness product. This greater length per reel helps to reduce number of lorries required for transportation and hence vehicle emissions are reduced.
 
The use of solvent free plate making technology in the production of NOV8 eliminates ozone damaging volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the process.

Intellectual Property

NOV8 is manufactured by British Polythene Industries PLC.

Consultant View

NOV8 offers a variety of environmental solutions without the need for any new equipment. However, it is only one of many technologies which offers light-weighting opportunities. Interested readers are encouraged to search the REID database for other entries using search terms such as light-weighting.

Contacts and Further Information

Company details:
British Polythene Industries PLC
96 Port Glasgow Road
Greenock
PA15 2UL 
Tel: +44 (0)1475 501000
 
Technology contact details:
Louise Aplin (Marketing Manager)
Tel: 0151 334 8091
 

 

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