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Metallised film

Metallised films used for food packaging

Metallised films (or metallized films) are polymer films coated with a thin layer of metal, usually aluminium. They offer the glossy metallic appearance of analuminium foil at a reduced weight and cost. Metallised films are widely used for decorative purposes and food packaging, and also for speciality applications including insulation and electronics.

Manufacture
Metallisation is performed using a physical vapour deposition process. Aluminium is the most common metal used for deposition, but other metals such as nickel or chromium are also used. The metal is heated and evaporated under vacuum. This condenses on the cold polymer film, which is unwound near the metal vapour source. This coating is much thinner than a metal foil could be made, in the range of 0.5 micrometres . This coating will not fade or discolour over time. While oriented polypropylene and PET are the most common films used for metallisation, nylon, polyethylene and cast polypropylene are also used

Properties
Metallised films have a reflective silver surface similar to aluminium foil. The coating also reduces the permeability of the film to light, water and oxygen. The properties of the film remain, such as higher toughness, the ability to be heat sealed, and a lower density at a lower cost than an aluminium foil. This gives metallised films some advantages over aluminium foil and aluminium foil laminates. It was thought that metallised films would become a replacement for aluminium foil laminates, but current films still cannot match the barrier properties of foil. Some very high barrier metallised films are available using EVOH, but are not yet cost effective against foil laminates Table 1. Comparison of Metallised PET and aluminium foil Moisture (g/m2.day) Oxygen (mL/m2.day) UV light (%transmittance)

PET film, 12.7 m

31

465

91

Metallised PET

0.8

1.2

Aluminium foil 6 m. 0

Uses
Decoration

Metallised films used for balloons

Metallised films were first used for decorative purposes as Christmas tinsel, and continue to be used for items such as wrappers and ribbons. The metallic helium filled novelty balloons given as gifts are made of metallised PET.

Packaging
Both metallised PET and PP have replaced foil laminates for products such as snack foods, coffee and candy, which do not require the superior barrier of aluminium foil. Metallised nylon and polyethylene are used in the meat export market. The controlled permeation extends shelf life. Metallised films are used as a susceptor for cooking in microwave ovens. An example is a microwave popcorn bag. Many food items are also packaged using metallised films for appearance only, as these produce a package with greater sparkle when compared to competing products that use printed paper or polymer films.

Insulation
Metallised PET films are used in NASA's spacesuits to make them radiation resistant and keep astronauts warm, and in proximity (aluminized) suits are used by AR-FF fire fighters for protection from the high amount of heat released

from fuel fires. Silvered emergency blankets are also used to conserve a shock victim's body heat. These reflective materials might also be used as part of industrial and commercial insulation (for example, insulated shipping containers.) Insulating blankets made with Metallised PET were also used as insulation in aircraft until safety concerns resulted in their deprecation. In particular, it was found to be a major cause of the in-flight fire of Swissair Flight 111 on September 2, 1998.

Electronics
Metallised films are used as a dielectric in the manufacture of a type of capacitor used in electronic circuits.

Metallised Films

NEW CATEGORY NOMENCLATURE DATA SHEET PROPERTIES APPLICATION

One side treated & other side non heat sealable B-TDM-M Metallized film

Decorative & general purpose applications

Metallized heat sealable film with very good metal adhesion, optical density & barrier Metallized BOPP Films B-TVH-M properties.

Packaging & Conversion, Extrusion Lamination & Cold seal application

Both side treated & heat sealable Metallized film B-TVB-M with high barrier Performance

High barrier performance sandwich layer application

Matt metallized heat sealable film with very good Packaging, Lamination metal adhesion, optical density & barrier & Decorative, Label

properties. B-MVH-M

application

Metallized Low heat sealable film with very good Packaging & metal adhesion, optical density & barrier B-TVL-M properties. Conversion, High Speed packaging application

Metallized non heat sealable both side treated film with very good metal adhesion, optical B-TSV-M density & barrier properties. Sandwich Lamination

This grade of film is available on C-CPT type of C-CPT-M base film

Twist Wrap & Confectionery Packaging

Metallized CPP Films

This grade of the film is available on C-CPM C-CPM-M type of base film

Lamination

This grade of metallized polyester film is Metallized Polyester Films F-PCR-M manufactured by using the raw material containing 25 % to 30% of Post consumed recycled PET Chips. This grade of polyester film is available in 12,15,19,23 & 36 microns & optical density from 2.0 to 3.0. Packaging & Lamination

Metallization on specially modified surface provides improved metal encourage. The film have excellent metal bond to provide superior F-LLP-M laminate bond strength so as to prevent delamination after filling. Liquid/paste packaging, wine packaging, large bags

This grade of film is matt metallised polyester film, the matt surface provides a different F-MAT-M aesthetic appeal like Aluminum foil

Lamination & Conversion

This grade of the film is available on F-TST type of base films. They are low OD films, specially F-TST-M designed for twist wrap packaging application

Twist Wrap & Candy Over wrap

This grade of film is golden color metallised polyester film, the metallized surface provides a F-GAP-M different aesthetic appeal.

Board Lamination, Decorative & Survival blanket application

This grade of film is heat sealable metallised polyester film, the metallization on untreated F-HSP-M side and the other side is heat sealable.

Tack seal application, Single layer PET bags & Food Trays sealing

These grades are metallised polyester films with modified acrylic coating on base films of different haze level. The film provides superior F-ATU-M F-ATT-M F-CLR-T-M F-CLRbond strength when metallised on coated side. The film having superior gloss when metallised Printing & Lamination, Decorative application

T1-M F-XLR-T-M FXLR-T1-M

on F-CLR and further improved when metallised on F-XLR.These film can be metallised on either plain side or coated side or corona treated side as per specified by the customer.

This grade of the film is available on F-ELE type of base films. They are low OD films, specially F-ELE-M designed for electronic goods packaging application

Electronic component Packaging such as PCB, IC etc.

These grades are metallised polyester films with Printing & Lamination, different base films. The films have superior gloss when metallised on F-CLR and further F-CLR-M F-CLR-M F-XLR-M improved when metallised on F-XLR film. These films can be metallised on plain or corona side, as specified by the customer. Board Lamination, Whisky Cartons, Gift Packs & Decorative application, Embossing & Holograms

These grades are metallised polyester films with acrylic coating on base films of different haze F-AUU-M F-AUT-M F-CLR-A-M F-CLRA1-M F-XLR-A-M FXLR-A1-M level. The film having superior gloss when metallised on F-CLR and further improved when metallised on F-XLR.These film can be metallised on either plain side or corona treated side as per specified by the customer. Printing & Lamination, Decorative application

These grades are metallised polyester films with co-polyester coating on base film of different haze level .The film provides superior bond strength when metallised on co-polyester coated F-CHE-M F-CHC-M F-CLR-C-M F-CLRC1-M F-XLR-C-M FXLR-C1-M side. The film having superior gloss when metallised on F-CLR and further improved when metallised on F-XLR.These film can be metallised on either plain side or chemically coated side or corona treated side as per specified by the customer. Printing & Lamination, Decorative application

This grade of film is specially designed for textile industry, with improved mechanical properties F-YRN-M and thermal stability.

Synthetic Jari & Metallic Yarn

This grade of film is specially designed for Lidding applications for Yogurt, creams F-IST-M etc.Available in metallized on corona and coated Substrates. Lidding Applications

This grade of film is available on F-CHC type of Polyester substrate for improved bond Strength F-CHC-PZ and better printability.

Board Lamination, Specialty Applications

Plasma Metallized Polyester Films F-MTG-PZ This grade of film is available on F-MTG type of films, with excellent bond strength Printing & Lamination, Specialty application

This grade of film is available on F-CHE type of F-CHE-PZ films, with excellent bond strength

Printing & Lamination, Specialty application

Metalized Films:
Equipped with state-of-the-art German Technology from Leybold for vacuum metallizing, we offer the complete range of metallized films that include metallized polyester films, metallized BOPP films, metallized PVC films and metallized CPP films. Finest in quality, these products have been designed stringently as per industry standards and norms. Metallized plastic films are extensively used in flexible packaging of products, which have to be protected from light, moisture and gases etc. This includes Snack Food Packets, Cosmetics Sachets, Soap Wrappers, Confectionery Products, GiftWrapping, Air Conditioning Ducts etc. Varying roll widths & lengths can be supplied as per the requirement. A brief description of these products have been given below:

Product Range
Metallised Polyester Film from 10 micron onwards to 250 micron, BOPP Film 8 micron to 50 micron, PVC Films 15 micron to 500 micron along with CPP / Nylon and Paper of various thickness. Product Thickness End Use

Unlacquered Metallized Polyester Optical Density:> 2.2 Optical Density:> 2.5

12/15/19 micron

Standard Flexible

12 /15/19micron

Packaging, Insulation

High Barrier Packaging Chemically Treated 12/15 micron Liquid Packaging, Laminated Bag in Box

Metallized

Polyester with High metal bond Anti-counterfeit Packaging, Confectionery Twist Wraps Metalic Yarn / Sequins / Glitter / Labels / Bill 23/36/50/75/100/125/150/175/190/250 Board / Promotions / micron Xmas Decorative Items / Garlands / Mirrors / for Self Adhesive Labels Twist Wrap / Toffee Wrap for High Speed Candy Wraps and Gift Wraps(Printable and Twistable) Twist Wrap / Toffee Wrap for High Speed Candy Wraps and Gift Wraps(Printable and Twistable)

Patterned, Strip

12,15,19 micron

Metallized Polyester Film

Metallized Polyester Film

Metallized Polyester Film

15/19/23 micron

Metallized Pvc / Cpp / Bopp Film Twistable Grade

20/25/27/30 micron

Metallized BOPP Films Co-Extruded (Heat Sealable)

15/20/25/30/35 micron

Flexible Packaging Applications

Metallized BOPP Carona Treated Lamination Grade

8/9/10/12/15 micron

Lamination With Paper / Boards / Plastics / Al Foil For Decorative And Printing Applications Carona Treated 20/25/30/35 Micron Gift Wrap/Decorative Grade Films Clear Films For Lamination, Labels, Industrial Application, Opaque And Milky Insulation, Electrical And Printing Industry. Thin Glossy And Matte Films For Lamination

Clear.Opaque.Milky 12-350 micron Polyester Film

BOPP Film

8-50 micron

And Thicker Films For Flexible Packaging Twist Grade Clear/Opaque Films Along With Thick Thermoforming/Vacuum Forming Grades.

PVC Films

20-500 micron

Other Products

y
12 micron Metalized Aluminium PET film

y
plain transparent BOPP film

y
pearlized OPP film

y
Solar Metallized MPET film

y
clear transparent PET film

y
one sidePVDC Coated PET film

y
12 micron OPP matt film

y
both side corona MPET film

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