Innovia Films has announced the groundbreaking of a significant expansion for the company, at its Innovia business unit near Leipzig in Germany.
A new, 8.8 metre wide multi-layer co-extrusion line will produce thin gauge label films to support growing, sustainability driven demand for lower resin content materials. The new technology is unique for label films, with 36,000 tonnes of annual capacity designed for energy efficiency. Production is expected to take place in the second half of 2024.
“The intended introduction of the BOPP – film on a production scale represents an innovation for the application as uncoated and printable label film that does not exist yet,” explained Simon Huber, Managing Director Innovia Films Europe. “The new line in Germany will supply thinner films for the label market, close to where many customers are located. Polypropylene is a widely recycled material that has an established recycling stream and that supports a circular economy of plastics.”
“This technology offers clear advantages over the state of the art, especially for the life cycle assessment with regard to product-specific CO2 emissions. Further developments, retrofitting and the more sustainable change in the German electricity mix can lead to a further improvement in the environmental impact,” added Giuseppe Ronzoni, General Manager at Innovia Films in Schkopau, Germany.
The investment is part of the company strategy to focus on providing more sustainable materials for the label industry as part of their ‘Better Future’ material science strategy. Thinner labels equal more material efficiency as well as a lower carbon footprint of the end product, which ultimately supports the carbon reduction strategy of many major brands.
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