MOSCOW (MRC) -- Coveris, a coatings
specialist based in Wrexham, has partnered with Zotefoams, a leader in cellular
materials technology, to use MuCell technology to produce a polystyrene-free
packaging solution, known as Neocell PP+, on a commercial basis, as per Plastemart.
Neocell PP+ is the
first thermoformed polypropylene (PP) sheet in the form-fill-seal (FFS) industry
which is dominated by polystyrene (PS) packaging. The PP material guarantees the
same output and efficiency as PS with the addition of improved price stability,
excellent thermoforming capabilities and a significant carbon footprint
Zotefoams developed Neocell PP+ to provide an ecological and
resource-saving packaging solution, while enhancing overall cost-effectiveness.
Neocell PP+ eliminates the need for chemical foaming agents using MuCell
technology for injection of inert gas, resulting in a 26 per cent reduction in
product weight compared to PS.
In addition, variable density regulation
by injecting the optimal amount of gas generates material savings. Under the
terms of the agreement, MuCell Extrusion, a subsidiary of Zotefoams, has
licensed its technology to Coveris with a fee payable as a percentage of cost
David Stirling, Group CEO of Zotefoams, said: "We are very
pleased to be working with Coveris to produce the innovative Neocell PP+
polystyrene-free packaging solution. This partnership further exemplifies the
financial and environmental benefits that MuCell Extrusion technology can
As MRC reported earlier,
leading medical packaging solutions from Clariant will be featured at CPhI South
East Asia exhibition. Clariant will showcase to visitors of the exhibition its
latest healthcare packaging solutions that are dedicated to meeting the specific
standards of the pharmaceutical packaging and delivery systems.