Especially when it comes to plastic packaging for consumer goods, consumers are demanding more sustainability, which is the only way they will be accepted in the long run. The RKW ECORE® sustainability portfolio has therefore been expanded to include mono-axially stretched PE films (MDO PE), which are marketed under the brand name RKW Horizon®. The RKW Horizon® product portfolio of MDO films is unique in the world and includes both highly transparent MDO films, as well as print substrates, with oxygen barrier if desired, and white opaque variants.
When MDO-PE films are laminated with a functional PE sealing film, the result is packaging made from a single raw material: polyethylene. Unlike many conventional pouch packaging, these are single-grade and therefore fully recyclable.
"Especially as a manufacturer of high-quality plastic films, we are aware of our responsibility. That's why we have pooled our development resources and developed a product portfolio that provides optimum protection for food," explains Luc Hermans, Director Sales Consumer Packaging, adding, "We develop materials that meet the requirements for a lower carbon footprint, better recyclability, and increased use of recycled plastics."
Our RKW Horizon® films meet the stringent requirements of flexible packaging manufacturers for tear resistance, transparency, gloss, printability and good processability. Furthermore, the films feature excellent machinability on conventional packaging equipment.
MDO films can be used for a wide variety of packaging forms, such as stand-up pouches, gusseted pouches, pillow pouches and sachets, or as lidding films. Applications are mainly the packaging of confectionery and snacks, coffee and tea, and frozen food, but MDO films can also be used in the non-food sector for the packaging of pet food, personal care, or cleaning and laundry detergents.
Site investments provide the basis
At the Petersaurach site, one of the largest investments in new multilayer blown film lines has been made for this purpose. A new five-layer extrusion line and a new nine-layer extrusion line significantly expand the production capacities of high-quality sealing films and MDO-PE films. The Petersaurach site is ISCC+ certified and, in addition to sustainable MDO films, also offers bio-based films as well as films with a high recycled content (PIR and PCR) for a wide range of applications.