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Film Science Lab to support ‘No Waste’ strategy

Packaging manufacturer, Coveris, has opened a new state-of-the-art Film Science Lab in support of its ‘No Waste’ strategy.

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Coveris has launched a state-of-the-art Film Science Lab at its Winsford films facility in Cheshire

The Lab is located at Coveris’ Winsford films facility in Cheshire, UK and will help support the company’s research and development of innovative solutions across its entire product range.

Coveris has set out a ‘No Waste’ strategy which seeks to remove waste across its operations, packaging, and the products it protects. The new Lab will help the company to achieve these goals.

This involves the development of new and improved recyclable PE (polyethylene) films for food and non-food applications.

In a bid to achieve this, the Lab will target material reduction through downgauged films, the development of recyclable barrier and laminate replacements.

The 2022 UK plastic packaging tax (PPT) has been a driving factor in the need for a Lab such as this and as a result, it also supports food-safe recycled content application through mechanical sources. This includes its own reprocessing operations and closed-loop partnerships.

Having led the technical development of PE films for over 25 years, the new lab marks the next step in our journey to offering an even more sustainable solution

Mike Richardson, technical director of the Winsford site, says: “Having led the technical development of PE films for over 25 years, the new lab marks the next step in our journey to offering an even more sustainable solution – not only maximising the recyclability of our products, but also their recycled content.

“Food safety and operational assurance are paramount in the consideration of new materials, particularly recycled films, therefore having a dedicated scientific resource and test facility to mitigate risk and accelerate development enhances our existing capabilities and provides huge benefits for our customer base and the wider industry moving forward.”

The new Winsford lab will work alongside other research and development centres within Coveris such as the Group’s analytical support lab and testing facility in Austria.

In addition to this, the company’s Louth site in Lincolnshire, UK has recently launched a satellite test lab which will allow it to provide solutions for the beverage films sector such as shrink, heat and ink testing.

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