Acteaga, a German-based global manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds with a focus on the packaging and printing industry, has launched ACTGreen Barrier Coatings. This new range of advanced water-based barrier coatings and next-generation Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) dispersions “represents a huge step forward in packaging sustainability,” said the company. With both fill products and packaging needing to be protected from the effects of oils, fats, water and external substances, Plastic Polyethylene (PE) laminates have traditionally been adopted across the packaging industry – despite the complex, costly and increasingly scrutinized recycling process, which involves using specialist technologies to separate the plastic from the cardboard substrate, Actega added.
Depending on the product, Actega barrier coatings can provide effective protection (from water vapour, water, oils and fats as previously mentioned), plus additional barrier effects against alcohol, alkaline and acidic liquids, and dairy products. Its novel aqueous TPE dispersions with Yunico technology also make it possible to combine these different properties within a single dispersion. Compatible across sheetfed offset, flexo and gravure printing (and with the possibility for processing via different coaters, from roller to air-knife), the barrier coatings both reduce plastic use and remove several barriers to sustainable practices.
Above all, Actega’s new ACTGreen Barrier Coatings for coating and binding are all water-based, enabling substrates to be widely and easily recycled utilizing standard practices. “Facilitating time and cost efficiencies throughout the production line, and offering versatility through a series of possible secondary features (ranging from heat sealability to heat resistance), the ACTGreen Barrier Coatings provide an effective, economical and sustainable solution for conscientious printers and packaging converters looking to answer the ever-increasing call for reduced plastic use,” said the company. “The new coatings provide an effective, sustainable alternative to traditional plastic PE laminates used across the packaging industry. The water-based products simplify both packaging production and end-product recycling, while simultaneously offering a host of impressive features that deliver cost efficiencies to end-user customers.”