Texte AlternatifThe global packaging and paper group is investing in its Styria, Austria, plant to further boost its ability to offer safe, clean, environmentally friendly liners for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers. The new equipment at Styria makes high-barrier, side-gusseted tubes for FIBCs. This latest equipment upgrade will make Mondi Styria the only plant of its kind able to produce these types of tubes in such food-clean conditions. That facility has earned three straight “AA” certifications per the British Retail Consortium (BRC) global standard for packaging and packaging materials. The new side-gusseting device will enable Mondi to provide converters with tubes up 4,400 mm in total circumference. It will come equipped with a special HEPA air filter to clean the air within the blown-film bubble to remove bacteria and particulates, yielding nearly sterile conditions.

Mondi makes the high-barrier tubes and supplies them to customers who then produce the actual FIBC bags. By adding permanent antistatic additives to both the inside and outside of the film, the company can greatly reduce the dust-explosion hazards in combination with a Typ B Big Bag associated with filling or discharging of bulk powders such as infants’ powdered milk or foodstuffs such as sugar, flour or spices. FIBC bags also are widely used to bulk package such items as chemicals and minerals. “Due to our well-established relationships with some of the leading multinational brands, as well as with the leading producers of such demanding products, we decided to extend our bulk-packaging portfolio by adding production in Styria of high-barrier, side-gusseting tubes” said the company.

Liners produced from high-barrier, side-gusseted tubes minimise the risk of contamination on the inside, compared with liners produced from flat film or foil, such as aluminium liners, he said. Mondi also can adapt the barrier properties according to the needs of the product, to protect against odours, moisture and the like. With such tubes offering a viable alternative to aluminium liners and other kinds of laminate structures, FIBC packagers potentially can not only save money, but also reduce their carbon footprint. Mondi additionally can tailor-make multilayer films using a variety of structures, from PE to PE/PA and PE/EVOH to seven layer PE/PA/EVOH structures, additives and colours to provide solutions for all kinds of industries, from food to chemicals, minerals or pharma.

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