Light-blocking label film eliminates need for high-barrier containers

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Labels on December 07, 2016

Bolstering a package in one area could save significantly elsewhere or overall, if done right. That’s the case with a new shrink label film that protects products from damaging light and, by doing so, lets packaging developers replace high-barrier containers with less expensive options to reduce total package costs.

By blocking light, the new Pentalabel eklipse film from Klöckner Pentaplast helps extend shelf life, reduces off-tastes, protects product colors and safeguards vitamin levels (in dairy products, for example). These performance attributes are useful for a variety of markets, particularly for foods, beverages, health and beauty products, home and garden items, and household goods.

Packaging Digest talked with Chris Frank in global marketing for labels at Klöckner Pentaplast to get more details. The film blocks 99% of light with no need for expensive backside black printing, which saves processing time and money. Yet it offers a high level of whiteness so graphics can pop on shelf—especially compared to current competitive films. Frank also points out that, by not having to print multiple flood coats to achieve light-blocking characteristics, you open up two more colors on a press for your graphics.

According to the company’s press release, eklipse film also delivers “high performing shrink percentages for optimal design freedom.”

 

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