The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) bestowed its Sustainability Award on Flex America Inc., Elizabethtown, Kentucky, for its biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) film with 30% renewable content. The award was presented on Monday, March 11, 2013, during the Business Meeting at AIMCAL’s annual Management Meeting (March 10-13, 2013, at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, California).
Ordinarily, PET is made from a polymeric reaction of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and purified terephthalic acid derived from petrochemical-based feedstocks. However, FLEXPET Green PET Films rely on MEG made from bioethanol produced from plant-based inputs such as sugarcane. Destined primarily for packaging applications, FLEXPET Green PET Films are approved for direct food contact by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and regulators in Europe, exhibit the same functional properties as BOPET films made from conventional PET resin. Flex America offers the films in a variety of widths and thicknesses, including a 12-micron grade that’s corona-treated on one side (shown in the photo).
Judges were excited about replacing non-renewable content with renewable. “This material offers the potential for reducing carbon footprint issues,” noted one member of the panel.
The Sustainability Competition recognizes equipment, materials or processes that reduce environmental impact, minimize energy usage or waste, and/or increase recycling. It’s part of AIMCAL’s larger awards program, which includes Technology of the Year and Vacuum Metallized or Coated Product of the Year competitions.
The judging panel for the 2013 Sustainability Awards Competition included Vince DiTrolio, vice president/owner of DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, Broadview, Illinois; Jeffrey T. Weber, research principal, Mondelez International Inc., (formerly Kraft Foods), Glenview, Illinois; Stan Kopecky, principal, SJK Packaging Associates, Prospect Heights, Illinois; Yolanda Simonsis, president/editorial director, Paper, Film & Foil Converter, Chicago, Illinois; and Pat Reynolds, editor-in-chief, Packaging World magazine, Chicago, Illinois. The judging session was co-hosted by Simonsis and Reynolds at Packaging World’s office.
AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, or laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. The international nonprofit trade association also includes a CEMA Division focused on the interests of converting equipment manufacturers. The group is headquartered in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA. Membership information is available on-line at www.aimcal.org.
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