Uflex Mexican plant delivers thinnest polyester film ever

Uflex Mexican plant delivers thinnest polyester film ever

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Uflex Limited subsidiary Flex Americas has launched what is claimed to be the thinnest Aluminum Oxide polyester (PET ALOx) film available globally. The product is manufactured at its Mexican plant located in Altamira, Tamaulipas.

Despite being the leanest, the 9.5 micron ALOx polyethylene terephthalate film exhibits excellent barrier for oxygen and water vapour, the company said in a press release. "No player other than Uflex offers such a thin PET ALOx speciality film with such superior barrier properties," says the document.

There is a growing demand for transparent flexible packaging that allows retail customers to see-through and check the quality of the product packed inside to their satisfaction.

Conventionally metalised films have been used to impart enhanced barrier properties to laminates, but metallisation renders the film opaque. According to Uflex, the PET ALOx film can offer yet better barrier properties while still being transparent.

Being a down-gauged film, the Flexaloxprotect F-PGX is 24% lighter than its 12.5 micron variant and almost 60% lighter than the 23.5 micron variant.

The PET ALOx film can be reverse printed and then laminated with a sealing substrate. Depending upon the barrier properties required by the product to be packed, ALOx coated films can be used in 2-ply structures right up-to multi-layered laminates.

Flexaloxprotect F-PGX (PET ALOx) film complies with EC and FDA regulations for food contact and finds extensive use in manufacturing laminates used for packing dried meat, fresh food, snacks, confectionery, microwavable foods, retort convenience food, cheese, baked goods, drinks, pharmaceutical and medical products.

About Uflex

Uflex is India’s largest end-to-end flexible packaging company and an emerging global player. The company has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico, Egypt, Poland and USA.

About Flex Americas

Flex Americas S.A. de C.V.’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Altamira has two 8.7 meter wide Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BoPET) film lines at this facility. They can turn out 72,000 metric tons (about 160 million lbs.) of film per year.

These film lines are some of the largest of their kind anywhere in the world. The film lines are complemented by two 2.5 meter wide plasma enhanced metallisers that can produce over 12,000 metric tons (26 million lbs.) of High Barrier Metallised Films per year.

This is the only BoPET Film manufacturing facility in Mexico and is certified as conforming to ISO 9001:2008 specifications.

This facility has also started production of AlOx coated films that offer the highest moisture and gas barrier values of any transparent films.

This facility also produces Special Effects Films that are mostly used for Optically Variable effects and Holographic applications.