Toppan launches mono-material packaging films

PE, BOPP films for US & Europe in November

GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G transparent barrier films

Griffin, Georgia and Tokyo – 2 November 2020 – Toppan Printing a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics, has announced that subsidiary Toppan USA has completed preparations for the production and supply of polyethylene (PE) and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) based additions to its market-leading series of GL Barrier transparent vapor-deposited barrier films. Full-scale sales of PE-based GL-LE-G and BOPP-based GL-LP-G will be launched in November, initially for the US and European markets. Toppan can now offer GL Barrier films with polyethylene (PET), PE, and BOPP substrates to facilitate a full range of functional, mono-
material packaging.

GL-LE-G brings barrier performance to PE-based mono-material packaging and is ideal for dry foods such as pet foods, beef jerky, and granola bars

With growing attention on the problem of plastic waste, there is heightened demand for more eco-friendly packaging. Numerous global companies are taking measures towards targets for better circulation of containers and packaging, and efforts to drive recycling by adopting mono-material structures are gaining pace around the world. Schemes for the recovery and recycling of PE are starting to be seen in the US and polypropylene (PP) is regarded as a recyclable material in Europe and other regions. Toppan has
responded to these trends by driving the shift to mono-material functional packaging.

Transparent vapor-deposited PE barrier film

Samples of GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G have been made available to selected customers around the world since late 2019 under the provisional names GL-X-LE and GL-X-LP-G, and extensive assessments have been conducted to confirm their performance and market viability. With GL-LE-G, Toppan has employed its advanced processing technology to overcome the difficulty of vapor deposition on PE and create the world’s first transparent vapor-deposited barrier film with a PE substrate.

GL-LP-G, meanwhile, achieves the world’s highest level barrier performance for a BOPP film. Both films demonstrate outstanding processability for printing and lamination with other materials, making them suitable for a wide range of purposes. Sales of GL-LE-G, GL-LP-G, and GL-BP (a BOPP-based high barrier film for boiling water sterilization and hot filling) will be targeted at the food and toiletries sectors.

GL-LP-G is also suitable for dry items, such as pet foods, beef jerky, and granola bars, and enables mono-material barrier packaging with a PP substrate

“GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G have been made possible by taking full advantage of the technologies Toppan has developed over more than 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent vapor- deposited films,” said Masa Tatewaki, Toppan USA president and chief executive officer. “With strong demand for eco-friendly and recyclable packaging solutions in light of such issues as the problem of plastic waste, we have received considerable interest in these new films and are targeting sales of US$ 20 million in 2025. We will continue to advance more readily recyclable mono-material packaging for wide ranging contents and target the development of eco-friendly packages facilitating the circulation of plastic resources for a sustainable society.”

PackExpo Virtual Connects 9 to 13 November

GL-LE-G and GL-LP-G will be on display in the Toppan USA booth (PE.SHOW/491) at Pack Expo Connects, this year’s most comprehensive virtual packaging event, from 9 to 13 November 2020.


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