Flex Films Launches Polyester Film

ELIZABETH, KY | Flex Film has launched a special polyester film, F-PDP with modified surface on one side while the other side remaining untreated. This film is said to be digitally printable without any need for priming/coating. Company says the film demonstrates good transparency, optical clarity, excellent machinability, and dimensional stability besides offering excellent flatness and agile handling properties.

The polyester (PET) film F-PDP has been certified by Rochester Institute of Technology for digital printing by HP Indigo commercial and sheet-fed presses.

There are a reportedly a multitude of benefits associated with digitally printable PET films, including the following:

  • Suitable for short-run jobs, particularly for new launch or re-launch of products;
  • Minimizes lead time at the converter’s end because no primer/coating is required;
  • Gives excellent print results with high quality resolution for pictures and half-tone jobs using primary colors, i.e., C,M,Y,K and white giving results at par with conventional printing even on transparent substrates;
  • Option of special colors like gold, silver, etc. can further impart depth in printing.

Anantshree Chaturvedi, vice chairman and CEO, Flex Films International, talking about the benefits of digitally printable polyester film, says, “Coating or priming or surface treatment of a film for enhancing its ink adhesion properties is a time-consuming process and there are additional costs involved. Our special F-PDP film is perfect for convertors at a time when the entire world is moving toward Just in Time [JIT] deliveries to minimize inventories. Inherent advantages of polyester film include the ability to render excellent print results, and it is tear-proof and crack resistant, making it a suitable and preferred media for digital printing. Additionally, polyester is able to withstand high temperatures and remains stable and inert to many chemicals further enhancing its suitability for convertors.”

He adds, “Depending upon the requirements of the ensuing converting process, we can offer F-PDP film in various thicknesses ranging from 10 to 50 microns. The demand for this substrate is quite encouraging across the globe, and as a result, we are manufacturing it at all our facilities, including the US, Mexico, India, UAE, Poland, and Egypt.”

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