Milacron's Kortec utilizes multi-layer co-injection technology to produce Klear Cans, see-through plastic cans with easy-to-open metal ends that offer five years in extended shelf life for food products
May 26, 2014
– A new multi-layer co-injection technology from Kortec, Inc., allows the production of clear PP plastic cans for food packaging. ‘Klear Can’ multi-layer plastic cans provide an attractive alternative to metal cans by providing brand owners with clear, see-through PP in a container that features extended shelf life of up to five years.
An ideal alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products, this new technology will be introduced by Kortec at Interpack 2014, being held from May 8-14 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Suitable for retort up to 130°C (265°F), these clear plastic cans have been tested and approved for both retortability and the integrity of the double seam, which was designed to allow the plastic can’s flange to accept traditional (easy open and non-easy open) metal can ends.
Klear Can provides numerous advantages over metal cans, most notably the ability to show the quality of the food products to the consumer at the point of sale. Other advantages include:
Another major advantage of Klear Can is it is designed so existing metal can-filling facilities can easily shift to the use of the plastic cans, with no need for investing in new downstream equipment.
“These plastic cans use the same steel or aluminum can ends, same filling equipment, same seaming equipment, and the same retorting and cooling equipment,” said Russell Bennett, Kortec Vice President Sales & Marketing. “For the canner and the brand owner, there is no need for significant modifications over what happens today. We see this as a major advantage.”
The first Klear Can introduction is the commonly used 41cl size, with a 75mm end, also common. The total can height is 110mm. Kortec is launching this at Interpack and invites brand owners and canners to evaluate the Klear Can for their specific product requirements. Kortec is ready to work on alternate size cans with companies who require something other than this initial 41cl size.
Kortec is the world’s largest supplier of co-injection systems to the plastics and packaging industries. The company’s systems are used throughout the world to produce high-barrier multi-layer containers featuring three-layer construction that optimizes clarity and strength while maximizing the shelf life of the end-use products. For more information, visit http://www.kortec.com.
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