TIPA Sustainable Packaging, a developer and manufacturer of breakthrough bio-based, fully compostable, flexible packaging, and Jindal Films Europe, a global leader in the development and manufacture of specialty packaging and labeling film solutions announced the signature of partnership agreement at interpack 2017.
"TIPA was founded with the vision to create flexible plastic packaging with same end-of-life organic waste has, yet also offer consumers and brands the same durability and shelf life they have come to expect of ordinary plastics. Bio-degradable and compostable packaging can only succeed if it has the same protective functionality as any equivalent 'ordinary' plastic pack, acting as a barrier between food and the environment. It should also seamlessly fit into today’s manufacturing practices," Eli Sachs, Commerce VP at TIPA, told Packaging Europe.
The companies collaboration will result in the co-development of an original bio-based, compostable high barrier film targeted at the snack food packaging, dairy and meat products, frozen food, coffee and tea markets, and more. With growing concerns over packaging and food waste, TIPA and Jindal Films Europe’s partnership will develop new advancements in packaging technology to meet the growing needs of the industry.
Addressing the multi-material and laminate markets, where viable reuse or recycling pathways are currently not available, the collaboration will result in the development of a new, state-of-the-art solution that meets the food packaging industry’s needs for a high barrier film, that is both a disposable and organically recyclable end-of-life solution.
“The collaboration between the two technology groups will enable, for the first-time ever, mutual research resulting in new bio-based, compostable high barrier films for a wider range of applications,” said Dr. Yifat Bareket, TIPA’s CTO. “The collaboration, announced at interpack, will ensure innovative, barrier and compostable films, not currently available for multipurpose packaging applications, are brought to market to meet the demand for solutions that are both durable and environmentally-friendly.”
“This partnership and joint development is aligned with our long-term strategy to expand with new polymers and film structures, and bring sustainable solutions to the industry,” added Dr. Pascale Wautelet, Jindal Films Global Technology Director.
Both companies bring unique expertise and experience to the partnership, enabling a collaborative approach to innovation. TIPA, who recently scooped the Silver award at the internationally renowned Edison Awards for its innovative flexible packaging solutions, will apply its seven years of experience developing high-end, bio-based compostable films. Jindal Films Europe, who recently joined the CEFLEX project (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), will contribute its superior specialty technology in coating films to create diverse barrier films suitable for a wide range of market applications.
At interpack 2017, TIPA also showcased its award-winning innovative flexible packaging solutions which offer the same properties as conventional plastic packaging but with a solution that has the same end of life organic waste properties as the food it wraps. Its solutions are just as transparent, durable and impermeable as ordinary plastic packaging. However, unlike other commonly used materials on the market, TIPA packaging can be disposed along with food waste – returning to nature with no harmful impact on the environment.
Available for a wide range of packaging formats and products, TIPA products currently comprise standalone and printed coextruded transparent and high-transparent cast films, which are sealable and printable on both sides and typically used for the packaging of fresh produce, bakery and grain-mill products. In addition, its transparent and non-transparent laminate series is offered for a variety of food segments and packaging applications including stand-up pouches, bags and pillow packs, amongst others, for food segments such as snack bars, confectionary and other snacks, grains and dried foods and vitamins capsules.
Jindal Films Europe, who offer the industry’s broadest portfolio of bi-oriented specialty films and a unique set of water-based coated films (transparent, white or metalized finishes) that provide robust barrier properties, secure sealing and faultless printing and machine performances, will showcase its full flexible packaging and labeling solutions with its renowned brands SealTOUGHTM, Alox-lyteTM, Bicor™, Metallyte™, OPPalyte™, Label-Lyte™, Platinum Thermal™ and DigilyteTM.