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Amcor launches transparent high-barrier film

Amcor is offering new options for flexible packaging conversion with the launch of a new silicon oxide-coated transparent film – AmLite Ultra.

Launched on 22 April the developer says that a typical AmLite Ultra pack will give a barrier to oxygen transmission that is 30% better than a standard aluminium laminate formation. This can enable lightweighting of films in flexible format packs, thereby reducing weight by 21% and overall carbon footprint by 40%.

Another advantage is that such packs will be transparent, allowing consumers to inspect goods inside, giving brands the option to premiumise their packaging. AmLite is suitable for bag, stand-up pouch, spouted pouch, flow pack and sachets packaging for dry food, medical and personal care products.

Marco Hilty is vice president of strategy, marketing and R&D for Amcor Flexibles in EMEA. He explains: ‘Transparent packaging responds to several consumer packaging trends. There is a move toward more minimalist packaging designs, while at the same time providing consumers more information to verify that products are fresh and healthy. Metal-free packaging also links to the desire for more sustainable packaging solutions.’

Hilty’s comments are in line with a recent packaging industry survey conducted by Smithers. Published in the new market technology report – Ten-Year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in Sustainable Packaging to 2026 – this identified thinner, transparent flexible plastics as a key focus for R&D across the next decade. A parallel advantage is that non-laminate solutions are easier to recycle at end-of-life.

This article comes from Food Contact World, which provides exclusive news and analysis on developments in digital print trends, markets, and technologies.