Clondalkin Kirchberg develops aluminium-free butterwrap

Clondalkin Kirchberg ButterwrapClondalkin Kirchberg has developed an aluminium-free butterfoil offering – a more sustainable option for the dairy sector.

The Switzerland-based subsidiary of Clondalkin Group provides alternative materials for aluminium and has launched a PE-based foil for butter packaging. The newly developed butterfoil can be printed in up to 10 colours and it provides excellent dead fold, which guarantees run ability on filling lines.

Flow packs for butter are traditionally wrapped in aluminium or aluminium-based laminates. So far these structures have provided the best dead-fold, which is required for application on filling lines.

Clondalkin Kirchberg’s investment in research and development has resulted in a film-based alternative, which also provides these characteristics with improved sustainability on top of that.

Sander Kool, commercial director of Clondalkin Kirchberg, said: “The environmental impact of packaging is at the forefront of the leading brands decision making processes. Our customers are constantly seeking more environmentally friendly solutions as a result of consumer demand.

“These requirements mean that we must look at reducing the carbon footprint of our product range, down gauge materials, reduce waste, consider the ease of recyclability and introduce alternative materials. This is now central to our business operation and the products that we develop.”

Clondalkin Kirchberg has developed PET lidding solutions; these offer a less carbon intensive alternative through the lower levels of energy required in the manufacturing process and also require much less energy to recycle into a re-usable material.

“Sustainability is one of the key drivers of our corporate social responsibility policy,” Kool continued. “We put continuous effort in finding alternative resources and reducing our carbon footprint. Following on from PET lidding this is another example where we have achieved another step towards improved sustainability for our customers.”

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging, Kirchberg, is a leading producer of flexible packaging materials for the dairy, food, beverage and confectionery markets.