The company’s latest film solutions deliver the same protective, functional and shelf life benefits as existing solutions, but additionally answer the growing market need for more recyclable packaging by 2025.
The first development is MonoFlexE, a mono-material alternative for dry pet food packaging, including snacks and treats. Designed using 100% polyethylene, it works for both form-fill-seal and pre-made bags. MonoFlexE stands out on the shelf with its high gloss finish and improved printing options (suitable for both gravure and flexo printing), ensuring the graphics catch the customer’s eye. Moreover, the increased stiffness of the material, and the equivalent machinability as standard PET/PE, make introducing MonoFlexE to existing production lines a straightforward procedure.
Additionally, MonoFlexE maintains the best features of standard Coveris films, including enhanced convenience for opening and reclosing, as well as an attractive, premium look at point-of-sale. These strengths – combined with 100% recyclability thanks to its mono-material base – meet the growing market need for more flexible and sustainable solutions in the pet food market. Future expansions are planned for other markets, including consumer products and long shelf-life items.
Another version of MonoFlex, developed in collaboration with Dow, is also being launched, called MonoFlexEs. It contains also a single layer of PE film, but additionally has a special OPULUX TM HGT coating applied on top. The unique qualities of this optical finish enhance the gloss appearance, but also provide strong heat resistance. Besides the improved visual appearance, MonoFlexEs is also designed with recyclability in mind since it offers a PE-based structure and allows to produce without PET layers. The solution is compatible with water vapour and gas barrier including EVOH, which makes it suitable for dry and chilled food, as well as non-food.