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Jun 02, 2014

Toppan Printing develops transparent high-barrier GL Film
that uses mechanically recycled PET film
Maintains the same oxygen and water vapor barrier performance
as conventional GL Film. Mass production to begin in autumn 2014
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (hereafter Toppan Printing; head office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; President & Representative Director: Shingo Kaneko) has developed a version of its transparent high-barrier film, GL Film,*1 that uses mechanically recycled PET*2 film. It is expected to be used for products that require barrier packaging, such as food and pharmaceutical goods. Sample shipments are scheduled to begin in June 2014, with mass production targeted for autumn of this year. 

This new product uses mechanically recycled PET film as the base material for GL Film, Toppan Printing’s proprietary transparent high-barrier film. While the film uses recycled materials, the application of Toppan Printing’s vapor deposition and coating technologies enables the same performance as conventional films derived from petrochemical products to be maintained. This is the world’s first transparent high-barrier film to use mechanically recycled PET film. 

Toppan Printing sees preservation of the global environment as an important issue in business and engages in related activities through the development and provision of environmentally-friendly products.

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■Background to development

Withincreasing focus on environmental issues, such as the reduction of environmentalimpact, preservation of biodiversity, reduction of CO2 emissions, and other measuresto counteract global warming, importance is being placed on the use of recycledresources.

In order tocontribute to the establishment of a recycling-oriented society, ToppanPrinting developed laminated packaging materials produced using mechanicallyrecycled PET in April 2012, and they are sold to customers in the toiletry,food, and pharmaceutical industries. However, due to the characteristics ofrecycled PET film, it was thought to be difficult to produce film with high-barrierperformance.

ToppanPrinting has now successfully developed GL Film that uses mechanically recycledPET film by applying the expertise in vapor deposition and coating technologiesit has accumulated in its business.



■Features of the product

Uses recycledmaterials but maintains the unique high-barrier performance of GL Film

By using Toppan Printing’s vapor deposition and coatingtechnologies, it has been possible to achieve the same quality as conventionalGL Film in terms of oxygen and water vapor barrier performance.

17% reductionin CO2 emission volume

Due to the use of mechanically recycled PET film, the volumeof CO2 released during processes up to and including GL Film manufacture isreduced by approximately 17% compared with films produced using non-recycledPET

Reduction ofuse of non-recycled PET resources

The use of mechanically recycled PET film helps to reducethe use of petroleum-based resources and contribute to the creation of arecycling-oriented society.


 

■Future targets

ToppanPrinting is aiming to further research and development of this product, beginsample shipments in June 2014, and start mass production in autumn this year.The Company will target total sales of 2.5 billion yen in fiscal 2016 for thisproduct and others produced using mechanically recycled PET film. 

*1 GL Film

This is a collective term for originaltransparent vapor deposition high-barrier films developed by Toppan Printing.These films enjoy an excellent reputation in Japanas well as in Asia and other overseas marketsdue to a wealth of variations suited to different purposes and the world’shighest level barrier performance, which is achieved using original vapordeposition technology. As a top brand in the transparent high-barrier filmmarket, GL Film is used for approximately 15,000 products in about 45 countriesand regions (as of December 2013).This is a collective term for originaltransparent vapor deposition high-barrier films developed by Toppan Printing.These films enjoy an excellent reputation in Japanas well as in Asia and other overseas marketsdue to a wealth of variations suited to different purposes and the world’shighest level barrier performance, which is achieved using original vapordeposition technology. As a top brand in the transparent high-barrier filmmarket, GL Film is used for approximately 15,000 products in about 45 countriesand regions (as of December 2013).

*2 Mechanically recycled PET

PET bottles are returned to PET resin firstby crushing and cleaning, and then by processes including high-temperaturemelting, decompression, and filtration.PET bottles are returned to PET resin firstby crushing and cleaning, and then by processes including high-temperaturemelting, decompression, and filtration.

 

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* Theinformation in this press release is current as of the date of publication andis subject to change without notice.* Theinformation in this press release is current as of the date of publication andis subject to change without notice.