UPM Raflatac to Feature Wide-Ranging Display at Labelexpo Americas

MILLS RIVER, NC | UPM Raflatac will have a range of offerings at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas 2016, September 13–15, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, Booth #729. The display will include new thin film products for food, craft beverage, wine and spirits containers; tailored solutions for oil and industrial chemical, digital, and personal care applications; and developments in the paper labeling segments. 

As a complement to its existing clear and white film products for rigid and conformable containers, as well as adhesives tailored to specific end-uses, the company welcomes new PP and PET options to its metallized and foil product family. Whether metallized on top of the face sheet (PP Chrome TC) or underneath the face sheet (PET and PP Metallized Silver), each of these products reportedly provides excellent ink reception and performance for personal care, beverage, and food packaging applications. 

New VANISH 120 products are constructed with a thin, 1.2-mil PET face material said to offer all of the benefits of VANISH 92 materials but with increased stiffness for better dispensing on standard equipment. Dimensional stability, excellent ink reception, and dispensing properties simultaneously allow manufacturers to embrace new productivity gains, reduce material, and packaging costs and increase storage space, company says.

Renewed prime papers portfolio include economical semi-gloss options such as 50# Raflacoat; smoother print surfaces such as Raflasilk; and more premium and glossy options such as Raflacoat Premium and Cast Gloss. All are said to offer excellent convertibility and printability and help make text and images pop on a range of container options.

In the VIP labeling segment, the company's products constructed with 1.7 WG thin paper liners reportedly allow converters to utilize larger rolls on-press, increase operational efficiency, and send more labels with every shipment.

The company reports it offers sustainable products and manages waste responsibly. The Assn. of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recently recognized 2.6-mil PP Pearlescent TC as meeting or exceeding the APR Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Label for PET Bottles Critical Guidance Document requirements. Said to be ideal for labeling PET bottles, these clear and white PP product combinations can undergo common PET recycling processes without contaminating any of the PET flake by-products.

UPM Raflatac is partnering with Labelexpo Americas to provide a solution for exhibiting label converters to responsibly dispose of their label, matrix, and liner waste and give it a new life in the form of energy. "[We are] a frontrunner in providing solutions for managing label waste,” says Tyler Matusevich, Sustainability Specialist, UPM Raflatac, “and we look forward to partnering with our customers and their end-users on our road towards 'zero waste to landfill' and promoting recycling. We will collect their label waste and showcase it in our feature area. This will provide perspective that there are a lot of opportunities to utilize label waste as a resource to make new products or energy."

As part of its holistic approach to sustainability, the company considers the whole life cycle of the label product. Label Life is a tool designed to help label printers and end-users understand the life cycle impacts of different label stock products and get credible information on the environmental performance of their labels in terms of energy usage, water consumption, and carbon dioxide emissions. This tool covers every stage of the label's life cycle from raw material sourcing through to end of life.

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