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Futamura UK Ltd.

Station Road, CA7 9BG Wigton, Cumbria
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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interpack 2020 hall map (Hall 9): stand F13

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interpack 2020 fairground map: Hall 9

Contact

Joachim Janz

Station road
Wigton
Cumbria
CA7 9BG
UK

Phone
+44 (0)16973 41212

Email
joachim.janz@futamuragroup.com

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Packaging materials, packaging means, auxiliary packaging means and packaging production
  • 02.01  Packaging materials
  • 02.01.03  Packaging materials / Plastic
  • 02.01.03.02  Packaging materials / Plastic / Bio plastics

Packaging materials / Plastic / Bio plastics

Our products

Product category: Packaging materials / Plastic / Bio plastics

NatureFlex™ Packaging Films

NatureFlex™ films are made from renewable and responsibly managed forestry wood pulp (cellulose). They are certified by TUV Austria OK Home Compost for home composting and meet the standards for industrial composting, such as EN 13432 and other international standards such ASTM D6400. The films are available in transparent, metallised, white and coloured varients. They have tailored barrier properties that can rival conventional plastic films for product protection. 

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Oct 15, 2019

Futamura Launches First Compostable Ovenable Film

Futamura, the global leader for sustainable cellulose films, announces the launch of a new product to market, ‘NatureFlex™ 30NVO’, an ovenable grade of its landmark compostable NatureFlex™ films.

NatureFlex™ 30NVO is made from renewable wood pulp sourced from responsibly managed forestry. It is the first certified1 compostable, heat-sealable film to market, which offers the heat resistance required for conventional and microwave ovens. The new ovenable film offers a host of benefits including heat sealability on both sides, semi-permeability to moisture2, a good barrier to oxygen and mineral oils, grease and oil resistance, superb dead-fold, and is inherently anti-static. In addition to its technical properties, NatureFlex™ 30NVO is ideal for printing and is suitable for lamination to other biopolymers to further enhance barrier and sealing properties.

Dr Lucy Cowton, Sustainability Manager, Futamura Cellulose Films, said; “This product has been under development for some time. We have under gone stringent internal trialling and are delighted to be able to launch this product. We receive a lot of requests for an ovenable film so know it is a requirement within the marketplace; particularly at a time when brand owners are looking to switch from single-use plastic packaging. This is another example of how NatureFlex films are not just a sustainable story; they offer outstanding technical performance, too.”

NatureFlex™ compostable films are an ideal alternative to conventional packaging films, especially for those products that are contaminated by food waste. Futamura’s Sales & Marketing Manager Andy Sweetman said; “Ovenable products are especially likely to be contaminated by food, which makes our 30 NVO film a key material for this market. While recycling infrastructure for flexible films is still in its infancy, it is non-existent for food contaminated film. There are over 50 facilities in the UK who will accept compostable packaging along with other organic waste, this is a viable alternative, but the infrastructure is not yet ideal. Our vision is for compostable packaging to be collected and revalorised along with food waste sent for organic recycling, especially once the mandated food waste collections are implemented in England in 2023.” Mr Sweetman added; “Futamura is working alongside its industry association, the BBIA, to ensure the necessary steps are in place for this to happen. However, we call upon retailers and brand owners to join us in driving this vision over the line.”

NatureFlex™ NVO is being trialled by a number of brand owners and is ideal for hot food-to-go items such as pies, pastries, hot baguettes, wraps and paninis.

1. Certified by Din Certco to meet the standards of EN13432 for Industrial composting and certified by Din Certco for home composting
2. 150g/m2/day temperate (25˚C,74%RH)
3. NatureFlex™ 30NVO ovenable film

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About us

Company details

As the global leader for renewable and compostable packaging films and cellulose casings, Futamura is dedicated to providing high quality speciality products that enhance the lives of the people who use them. Our commitment to safety, R&D and customer service has led to ethical and sustainable partnerships ranging from niche speciality producers through to the world’s largest brand owners.

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Target groups
  • Food
  • Confectionery products
  • Bakery products
  • Industrial goods
  • Beverages
  • Consumer goods (non-food)