Eurocast has put an emphasis on technological development and innovation over the past few years. Following the path set by CEO, Krzysztof Wiśniewski, the company recently invested in new machines and technologies.
Over the last half year, the company carried out research and development, intended to introduce new products which are AlOx CRYSTALLINE based films with additional protective coating.
“Owing to the efforts of our R&D department, numerous internal tests and trials conducted with our customers, we have been able to develop an aluminium oxide sputtering process and a ceramic layer protection which previously could be used on Flexo machines with a central cylinder, providing excellent barrier properties and useful for full conversion, i.e. overprint and production of packaging. We conducted research that has demonstrated that our AlOx coating process provides high crush resistance, very high oxygen and water vapor barrier, and is suitable for Flexo and Roto printing on the AIOx side. When printing on our films, there is no need for additional primers,” Krzysztof Wiśniewski, CEO of Eurocast explains.
One of the leading dry goods packaging manufacturers in Poland has prepared a reference packaging using Eurocast’s AlOx CRYSTALLINE product. The client had been looking for a solution that would allow for complete elimination of aluminium from the structure of the laminate, and hence, would save money in the manufacturing process. In a joint process, the optimum laminate structure to ensure the barrier properties of the packaging was found. By using the film produced in the AlOx technology, Eurocast managed to eliminate aluminium from the packaging without compromising barrier properties, which allowed a significant reduction in production costs. Ultimately, the customer has achieved cost savings of 10%.
Using innovative BOBST machines in the production process, Eurocast can provide customers with barrier products far exceeding the current market standards and allowing for the production of packaging that has so far been unreachable due to its structure.
"By using the film produced in the AlOx technology, we managed to eliminate aluminium from the packaging without compromising barrier properties, which allowed a significant reduction in production costs. Thanks to the new coating, we can offer our customers the opportunity to replace PET/Alu/PE and/or PET/Alu/PP laminates with PET AIOx/PE, which brings tangible benefits in terms of cost reduction and weight reduction, which is of great importance regarding the impact on the environment. On top of that, the CRYSTALLINE AIOx coating has barrier properties far exceeding those of other barrier materials such as PE EVOH or PVDC coating, allowing very high flexibility in applications. Using CRYSTALLINE coatings, packaging manufacturers have the opportunity to eliminate other materials and coatings that are often harmful to the environment, which provides a very high competitive advantage," Mr. Wiśniewski concludes.