BCP Fluted Packaging develops Ditto Formcore, a biodegradable alternative to PS foam, PU foam, corrugated and solid display boards

BLACKBURN, England , June 13, 2012 (press release) – Ditto Formcore from BCP Fluted Packaging has been developed to provide a biodegradable alternative to PS foam, PU foam, corrugated and solid display boards for in-store signage.

Ditto’s patented laminated structure comprises two embossed layers formed symmetrically and laminated to coated board. Its open multi-directional structure is said to perform well in-store, even in challenging atmospheric conditions like chiller sections. Ditto is suitable for guillotining, die-cutting and creasing.

According to BCP the substrate’s white paper construction means that it will attract the best post-consumer waste price where segregated for recycling.

Brian Jones, BCP proprietor and chairman, said that the development of Ditto represented a real breakthrough for the retail in-store signage sector. “The range of substrates currently available is considerable, but there are simply too many performance and environmental compromises that the retailer has to make – which is why we have developed Ditto. PS and PU foam boards are being used less and less these days because of their environmental impact but the fact that they still command significant market share is a clear indication that no all-round single paper based solution has been available until now. Foam centred board is notoriously unstable and is prone to warp once printed or whilst hanging in store due to changes in humidity. Corrugated and solid display boards may be recyclable but corrugated is prone to twist and suffers from flute show-through whilst solid boards lack rigidity and stability. We predict that there will be real enthusiasm for Ditto as retailers recognise the significant benefits it has to offer both in performance and in terms of environmental objectives.”

Ditto specification details:

Brightness (test method ISO 2470): ISO percentage 90

Calliper: 3.7mm

Surface Ph: 7

Smoothness – surface roughness (um) (test method IS0 8791-4): 1.0

Maximum untrimmed width (mm): 1550

Maximum trimmed width (mm): 1530

Minimum trimmed width (mm): 250

Maximum cut length (mm): 3050

Minimum cut length (mm): 400

Standard sizes (mm):

1524 x 1016

1524 x 3050

1250 x 1840

1250 x 2450

Non standard sizes are available

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