Constantia invests in Bobst Expert K5 metalliser

Ahmedabad-based Constantia Parikh has purchased the first ever Bobst Expert K5 metalliser with 1350mm width to be installed at its Ecoflex facility in 2021. This narrow-width Expert K5 will be employed to produce high barrier PE films as a replacement for aluminum foils.

10 Jun 2020 | By Abhishek Muralidharan

Shah: Bobst Expert K5 fits our requirements to produce our EcoLamHighPlus laminates

Pragnesh Shah, head of plant at Constantia Parikh said “We have worked with Bobst for some time in the quest for fully recyclable metallised films suitable for foil replacement. We needed a machine to enable us to produce our EcoLamHighPlus laminates and the Expert K5 is perfect for our requirements. We look forward to having the machine installed in our new plant in India next year and continue collaborating with Bobst in the future.”

The machine is equipped with optimised features for the production of machine-direction oriented (MDO) PE films. With a coating drum of 700mm; the machine gives a collection efficiency of 16% along with coating uniformity. The 1350mm model also has optimised web handling, tension control, thermal management system and barrier enhancing features to enable production of PE based film for foil replacement.

The machine will be the first ever Bobst Expert K5 metalliser with 1350mm width

In addition, the machine incorporates Bobst AluBond and Hawkeye innovations. The AluBond process provides high metal adhesion with values up to 5N/15mm enhancing oxygen and water vapour barrier levels on films including MDO PE, BOPP and CPP. While, Hawkeye is an in-line optical density deposition control system that at full metalliser speed, detects, counts and categorises pinholes and other defects from 0.1mm upwards with remote reporting.

Parikh Packaging opened Ecoflex Ahmedabad under its newly established Parikh Flexibles entity in 2019. Constantia Parikh focuses on the production of snacks and chips packaging, stand up pouches, single-unit shampoo sachets and different roll stock laminate materials.

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