The Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) presented its 2019 Sustainability Award tonight at an Awards Ceremony on the opening day of its Annual Meeting (Feb. 26-28, 2019) at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA.
The winner is a 90% post-consumer recycled-content (PCR) biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) barrier film from Flex Films (USA), Inc. (Elizabethtown, KY), a subsidiary of Uflex, Ltd.’s Films Business (Noida, India). Available in metallized (F-PCR/M) or clear aluminum-oxide-coated (F-PCR/A structures, the film represents a 75% reduction in carbon footprint versus virgin BOPET grades. Associated technology is both patented and patent-pending.
The judges believe the use of PCR content improves the sustainability profile of flexible packaging and described the F-PCR/M and F-PCR/A films as “a real recycling success.” In effect, noted one judge, “It takes waste and makes it a first-tier product.”
The judging teleconference was moderated by AIMCAL Executive Director Craig Sheppard. The panel consisted of well-known experts in the converting field: Dr. Charles A. Bishop of C.A. Bishop Consulting (Loughborough, UK); Dr. Edward D. Cohen of Edward D. Cohen Consulting, Inc. (Fountain Hills, AZ); and Dr. Eldridge M. Mount of EMMOUNT Technologies LLC (Canandaigua, NY).
About AIMCAL, Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA
AIMCAL, the Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators, represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. Founded in 1970, membership stands at nearly 300. A global group, AIMCAL promotes the growth and prosperity of the converting industry and member companies via an array of technical and marketing services. Membership information is available online at www.aimcal.org