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The FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HMB film is a high barrier metallized polyester film that offers high adhesion to metal under harsh conditions.
The FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HMB film is a high barrier metallized polyester film that offers high adhesion to metal under harsh conditions.

Metallized polyester films are increasing in popularity for imparting high barrier properties to laminated flexible packaging structures. Thus, there is an increasing demand for cost-effective films with high metal adhesion for superior barrier applications in harsh environments.

Flex Films (USA) Inc. has engineered FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HMB film, a high barrier metallized polyester film, to meet this challenge.

As introduced, the film is either untreated or corona treated on the other surface, while metallization is carried out on the specially treated composite surface imparting metal adhesion or bond strength of > 1200 gram-force/inch.

“The adhesion of metal on BOPET base film is the sum of chemical and mechanical adhesion. Our proprietary surface treatment on the base film allows increased levels of chelation or reaction with the metal being deposited, thereby resulting in a much better adhesion profile. The specialized surface treatment comprises materials with unique and enhanced properties thereby leading to much enhanced mechanical bonding. It took us almost 18 months to engineer this film,” explained Dr. Steven J. Sargeant, GM, Technology at Flex Films (USA) Inc.

According to Mr. Vijay Yadav, Business Head, Flex Films (USA) Inc., the benefits that the newly developed film brings to the convertors are as follows:

  • offers class leading high adhesion to metal under most aggressive environmental conditions;
  • demonstrates improved scuff, scratch and craze resistance thereby improving yields up to 4% and offering unparalleled robustness in processing and performance for converters;
  • has OTR of 0.6 cc/m2/day at 23°C & 0% RH and MVTR of 0.6 g/m2/day at 38°C & 90% RH offering high barrier properties thereby bringing new concepts to the market
  • complies with EU and FDA regulations for food grade applications and happens to be cost effective.

FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HMB Film finds extensive use in liquid packaging, stand up pouch applications, barrier layer in challenging applications like ‘Bag in Box’, chemical packaging, pharma packaging, hot fill applications up to 80°C among others. The film is available in 8 – 50 micron thickness range.

Sharing his views about the potential of the new product, Mr. Anantshree Chaturvedi, Vice Chairman& CEO, Flex Films International – the global film manufacturing arm of Uflex Limited expected it would have about 25% market share of the current metalized film market in the US.

Flex Films is the global film manufacturing arm of Indian-based Uflex Limited, a multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company. All the film manufacturing plants of Uflex, i.e. in India, UAE, Poland, Egypt, Mexico and the US can supply FLEXMETPROTECTTM F-HMB Film.

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