Clear Lam Packaging launches Freezer Grade RPET Rollstock
In response to growth in frozen baked goods and prepared foods, Clear Lam Packaging Inc. is introducing a new freezer grade rollstock made from Recycled Polyethylene Terephthlate (RPET). The proprietary product line is designed to perform in tough frozen applications and exhibit high tolerances to processing techniques, such as blast freezing, while optimizing performance requirements throughout the product’s life cycle. New product offerings include Form PET 512 and Form PET 513 and are available in clear, black, and custom color pigments.
“We’re excited to add to our growing line-up of products and materials supporting thermoformers and processors sustainability solutions,” said James Sanfilippo, president and CEO, Clear Lam Packaging. “By making use of these RPET materials, manufacturers and brand owners gain high impact resistance and optimized performance.”
Research shows that consumers prefer brands that use recycled content in their packaging. According to research firm the Freedonia Group, U.S. demand for post-consumer recycled plastics is forecast to rise by 6.5 percent annually, reaching 3.5 billion pounds in 2016.
Clear Lam’s new RPET freezer grade rollstock incorporates compounded additives produced by Clear Lam’s subsidiary, CL Polymers. The rollstock is designed for industrial thermoforming lines and for packaging produced on form fill seal (FFS) equipment. Blending the compounded additives with the virgin PET resin and RPET flake, which is made primarily from recycled PET bottles, improves the overall impact strength of the finished containers.
As a result, the rollstock is lightweight, strong and performs in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to 165 degrees F without compromising quality. The material’s improved performance in sub-zero temperatures resists cracking, providing a more attractive package that maintains its integrity.
As frozen food technology processing and packaging trends continue to evolve, Clear Lam Packaging will work closely with customers to establish the necessary performance characteristics for frozen food applications across multiple categories, such as frozen ready meals, pizza, snacks, entrees, ice cream and desserts.
Founded in 1969, Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of rigid and flexible packaging materials for thousands of food, industrial goods and personal healthcare products. Vertically integrated from design to manufacturing, Clear Lam specializes in printed films and rigid rollstock. Clear Lam operates three manufacturing plants in the U.S. and China and employs over 500 people. A full-service polymer lab provides a wide range of services. To learn more about Clear Lam, please visit www.clearlam.com.