DNP Launches Plant-Derived Aluminum Vapor Deposition Film

Enhances biomass plastic high function packaging product lineup

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP) is proud to announce yet another global first with the development of an aluminum vapor deposition film using plant-derived materials based polyethylene-telephthalate (PET). The new product will be launched from August 2014, as a packaging material for foods and daily necessities.

[New Product Features]

DNP is an active developer of a variety of packaging materials that take into consideration environmental burdens, sustainability and bio-diversity. As part of those efforts, in 2012 the Company developed a PET film using plant-derived raw materials, and in 2013 led the world in the development and mass-production of a plant-derived PET film that achieved high barrier attributes against oxygen and vapor, and also combined transparency. These products are now offered as packaging materials for foods.

The newly developed aluminum vapor deposition film not only maintains barrier attributes against oxygen and vapor, but also exhibits superior light blocking features. In addition to preventing the deterioration of the contents due to exposure to sunlight, fluorescent light and ultraviolet rays, the new product design gives expression to the luster of the aluminum, helping boost the appeal to consumers.

[Environmental Response and Rating of Biomass Plastic Packaging Materials]

DNP biomass plastic version is a product that maintains functionality similar to that of petroleum-derived film, even while reducing the use of petroleum by switching part of the raw materials to plant-derived materials. For example, PET film is used in the uppermost printing layer of packaging materials. The petroleum-derived ethylene glycol that accounts for approximately 30% of the raw materials has been switched out to sugar cane derived bioethanol, achieving a reduction in petroleum usage volume. Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) also quantitatively assess the reduction impact on the environmental burden, and it has been possible to achieve CO2 reductions of approximately 10% over the entire product lifetime compared to petroleum-derived PET.

Such features are highly rated, and DNP' s PET film was a prize winner at the Japan Packaging Contest 2011 that provides broad-based recognition of materials, technology, environmental responses, designs and logistics of superior packaging. DNP plant-derived packaging material that uses transparent vapor deposition film was also awarded the 38th. Kinoshita Prize for Innovative New Packaging presented for distinguished achievements in packaging technology R&D, along with packaging rationalization, improvement and advancement.

[Biomass Plastic Packaging Materials Major Lineup]

DNP biomass plastic products boast a broad lineup that includes film, molded items, bottles and shrink labels. By combining multiple grades of products to match requirements, it will be possible to boost the ratio of vegetable derived raw materials.

* Case-by-case consultations held for spec designs such as those combining film and molded items.

Materials

Form

Name

Main Uses

PET

Film

PET Film

Flexible packaging including pouches for foods and daily necessities. (Printed layer).

IB-PET Film

VM-PET Film

Sheet

A-PET Film

Molded plastic items for foods and daily necessities, and clear cases.

Bottle

PET Bottle

PET beverage bottles.

PE

Film

PE Film

Flexible packaging including pouches for foods and daily necessities. (Innermost layer).

Molded item

PE

Molded plastic items for foods and daily necessities.

PLA

Film

Shrink Label (PLA)

Shrink labels for PET beverage bottles.

Molded item

PLA

Molded plastic items for foods and daily necessities.

[Looking Ahead]

DNP plans to take the packaging materials presently provided to manufacturers of foods, beverages, and daily necessities, and as far as possible, switch these out to biomass plastic. As great interest has also been expressed from overseas food and daily necessities makers, the Company will also actively promote overseas expansion. Also, in addition to continued cost cutting efforts to bring the new film into line with costs for petroleum derived film, DNP will also utilize the new materials in packaging materials with a broad range of formats, including paper containers and molded items, promoting the spread of biomass plastics.

DNP aims for sales of 10 billion yen in fiscal year 2016 from packaging materials using biomass plastic.

 

* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.