Leonhard Kurz’s ‘InLine Foiling’ decoration approved by RecyClass
17 Nov 2020
The ‘InLine Foiling’ decoration technology is compatible with the HDPE containers recycling stream, independent testing confirms. The analysis was carried out by IKTR laboratory as per the RecyClass .
The ‘InLine Foiling’ decoration, which allows for obtaining silver and gold effects, is applied on HDPE tubes and bottles. It consists in transferring the decoration layer to the packaging by deposing few microns of several layers including top coats, metallization and a UV curable adhesive.
The laboratory analyses revealed no negative impact on the recycling process, given the defined conditions. These include, among others, that the decoration does not represent more than 30% of the total surface coverage and that no additional printing technology is applied.
The tested ‘InLine Foiling’ decoration process generates recyclates that can be used in the manufacturing of high-quality blow moulding applications, with up to 25% concentration.
The results of the analyses demonstrate yet another technology which defines design for recycling as one of the core features in the manufacturing of plastic packaging. This objective is an enabler for increasing the circularity of plastics in Europe.
RecyClass is a comprehensive cross industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability within Europe. RecyClass assesses recyclability and provides specific recommendations on how to improve packaging design to fit current recycling technologies. Activities within RecyClass include the development of Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and testing of innovation materials. Findings are used to update the RecyClass Design for Recycling guidelines and the online free tool.
About KURZ Group
The KURZ Group is a global leader in thin film technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foil for a wide range of industries, from the packaging and printing industry through to the automotive, electronics, card and textile sectors. KURZ offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for surface finishing, decoration, labeling, and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. The company is also continuously investing in new technologies and developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. The KURZ Group has more than 5,500 employees at over 30 sites worldwide and produces under standardized quality and environmental standards in Europe, Asia, and the USA. A global network of subsidiaries, representatives and sales offices ensures short paths and individual, on-site consulting.