With a site area of about 50,000m², the facility is expected to enhance the capacity to supply barrier films to Europe and further expand the firm’s global barrier film business
Japanese printing and packaging company Toppan has announced its plans to establish a new plant in Most, the Czech Republic to produce GL BARRIER1 transparent barrier film.
Expected to start operations by the end of 2024, the plant will be Toppan’s first transparent barrier film manufacturing site in Europe.
With a site area of about 50,000m², the facility is expected to enhance the capacity to supply barrier films to Europe and further expand the firm’s global barrier film business.
The firm already has production bases in Japan, North America (Georgia, US), and Europe.
Toppan Global Packaging business managing executive officer Masahiko Tatewaki said: “By taking advantage of the new plant’s location, Toppan will bolster its capacity to supply GL BARRIER1 transparent barrier films to packaging manufacturers in Europe, where we see some of the world’s most environmentally friendly countries, and accelerate sustainable transformation (SX) business globally by strengthening relationships with top-rated companies in the areas of ESG and the SDGs.
“This plant will also employ the most environmentally friendly technologies, such as heat reuse systems, with an emphasis on maximum energy efficiency.”
The transparent vapour-deposited barrier films offer performance suitable for a range of products for diverse purposes. The packaging firm started selling the GL BARRIER transparent barrier films in 1986.
Additionally, Toppan’s transparent barrier films support resource-saving and recyclability.
The barrier materials sold under the GL BARRIER brand by Toppan are based on the transparent film GL FILM, which offers barrier performance.
Toppan said that a multi-layer structure combining a special coating layer and a premium vapour-deposited layer gives GL FILM its stable performance.
GL BARRIER products are used in a wide range of industries, including the food, medical/pharmaceutical, and industrial materials sectors.
In September 2021, the company unveiled its new GL-X-P barrier-coated paper for a wide range of contents and packaging shapes.
The paper has high water vapour barrier performance and better flex resistance for different packaging applications.