Multi-million pound investment in French factory

By Oscar Rousseau

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Linpac's 'next generation' lidding for modified atmosphere packaging
Linpac's 'next generation' lidding for modified atmosphere packaging

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UK-based food packaging manufacturer Linpac is to invest in what it called "cutting-edge technology" at its factory in Pontivy, France.

The global fresh food packaging producer said the multi-million pound spend on a new production line at the site would lift its ability to produce lightweight, plastic lidding films.

The new Linpac production technology allows us to produce a broad range of high-barrier films with enhanced anti-fog and print properties for our customers,​” said Erwan Cadoret, business manager of barrier films at Linpac.

In addition, tailor-made shrink performance enables tight, wrinkle-free packs with outstanding clarity and consumer appeal. Essentially, we are able to deliver enhanced performance, whilst retaining excellent functionality.​”

New products planned

Using the new production technology, Linpac said it has already been able to produce a 25 micrometre (µm) plastic film for retail-ready food packaging.

Our 25 µm film is just the start of a new wide range of exciting film developments that can be produced in Pontivy,​” Cadoret added.

Our customers can expect to see 27 µm polypropylene and polyethylene films for all tray sealers and 33 µm films for tray sealers, thermoforming lines, horizontal vacuum lines and vertical modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) flowpack lines.​”

Fighting food waste

The investment will also enable Linpac to continue engineering of its ultra-light, resistance barrier flexibles for MAP, the company said.

This is an improvement in a sector that has traditionally been dominated by heavy-gauge plastic film use.

Lightweight lidding, when combined with recycled polyethylene terephthalate (commonly called rPET) trays, create a complete pack solution for the food industry, Linpac claim.

These resource-efficient lightweight packaging products offer a range of benefits to the supply chain too: ease of handling, enhanced on-shelf presentation, as well as improved functionality to protect and preserve fresh products are just a few.

Linpac​ is driving forward with plans to produce sustainable, recyclable formats, as plastic packaging companies globally come under pressure to reduce waste.

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