We have taken a number of steps to minimise waste and make the most of our resources. This has been accomplished through close teamwork between product development and production, and thorough consideration of your indispensable feedback.
Downguaging- making your films thinner
Our current films have a thickness of between 0,01 mm and 0,27 mm and new blowing techniques enable us to make them even thinner, but with improved mechanical properties. We have taken several steps to reduce the amount of raw material needed in film production, which results in a reduction in the amount of plastic customers and end users must dispose of.
Producing a multilayer film requires co-extrusion, a process in which two or more polymer layers are combined into one film. When making a film with different polymer mixes in different layers, it is possible to make thinner films optimising material usage. Today we produce up to 7-layer films.
MDO (machine direction orientation) technology is an excellent example of how we can offer more sustainable products for you. Stretching the film using the MDO process results in thinner, stiffer and stronger films. Stronger films enable you to compress for instance insulation material, which results in more economical transportation of goods. MDO films are also used in monolaminates to facilitate recycling. MDO-film can be used to manufacture food packaging made of monolaminates, that consists of polyethylene film substrates only, and are easy to recycle.
The role of printed films is constantly increasing and today we operate 11 printing lines, six of which are in-line. We have recently invested in a new printing line that offer webs up to 2.65 meters wide. We have taken several steps to establish more sustainable printing practices and have reduced ink use by 33% in relation to the amount of printed film produced.