Flexible packaging firm Parkside hopes to open up business opportunities in reclosable packs after spending around £1.5m on new laser equipment.
The kit will enable laser scoring across two sides of a single film or laminate to create easy-open and reclose pack designs.
Additional to the 139-staff Normanton, West Yorkshire-based company's plant, the bespoke equipment from an unnamed manufacturer is due to be installed later this month. It will be used across several packaging applications, ranging from flexible packaging to easy-peel vented lidding for ready-meal packs.
Key account development manager Jonathan Steele said: “The stand-out feature is its ability to run two sides in one pass for reclosable applications, which minimises processing time by eliminating the need for a second run.
“The new equipment will be useful for expanding our markets for things like lidding film, which benefits from reclosing and opening.”
Managing director Nick Smith said convenience continued to play a key role in shaping consumption trends, which affected the nature of packaging demanded by brands.
“Anything that makes life easier for consumers, be it easy-open, portability or portioned food packs, means added pack functionality is key to improving their experience,” he said.
“Our new laser capability will allow us to meet the needs of the modern consumer, as well as deliver stand-out innovation for brands and retailers.”
The new laser technology, usable on mono materials and multi-layer laminates, delivers a controlled score depth at varying web speeds, maintaining the overall integrity of the film or pack.
Precise score lines, along with depths of any shape and size, are achieved to create reliable easy-open features that consistently tear along the score line.
Steele said: “Our original laser investment only allowed us to scribe across one side of a substrate. This latest machine enables us to produce new opening designs that require two-side lasering.
“The laser allows us to create a tight tolerance between the front and back laser incisions, while offering improved efficiencies. All of this can be done without compromising barrier properties.”