UPM Raflatac launches new plant-based PE film for home and personal care applicationshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-launches-new-plant-based-pe-film-for-home-and-personal-care-applicationsUPM Raflatac launches new plant-based PE film for home and personal care applications<p>​<img src="http://internet-assets-edit.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/Content%20images%20SOLUTIONS%20n%20SERVICES/Solutions-Product-ranges-Film-labeling-solutions-Bio-based-films.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>UPM Raflatac is extending its range of film face materials for the European market with a new plant-based material that provides a sustainable alternative to fossil-based films for a wide variety of end uses. RafBio PE performs just like standard PE film, and its excellent flexibility makes it ideal for the squeezable bottles and contoured containers that are widely used in home and personal care applications.</p><p>Part of the RafBio family of bio-based labeling solutions, RafBio PE is the ideal choice for customers who are looking for a sustainable film face material that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions during its life cycle, compared to conventional PE, while still keeping products looking their very best. Made from sugarcane ethanol, the film contains more than 80% renewable plant-based raw material and is recyclable within the same recycling streams as fossil-based PE.</p><p>RafBio PE is combined with our RP37 adhesive for multi-purpose labelling applications. Furthermore, UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle programme offers significant benefits to label printers and end users by turning waste into valuable resources.</p><p>“Our RafBio range is another significant step on our journey towards a more sustainable future. It will help our customers to reduce their dependence on fossil raw materials and differentiate themselves from the competition by demonstrating a desire to improve their environmental performance,” says <strong>Päivi Knihti</strong>, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA.</p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges/film-labeling-solutions/bio-based-films">Learn more about Rafbio PE 85 and our Bio-Based films »</a></p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/brochures?id=843" target="_blank">Download Rafbio PE 85 brochure »</a></p><p><strong>For further information please contact</strong>: Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 2041 68 395 </p>
Performance upgrade for Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stockshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/performance-upgrade-for-raflacoat-fit-pefc-label-stocksPerformance upgrade for Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks<p>​</p><h2>Stability up for productive high-speed conversion, comprehensive advances in printing properties </h2><p> <br>UPM Raflatac has introduced significant performance upgrades to its next-generation Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks for food, home care and logistics labelling. Improved technical characteristics raise productivity and enable better press results.</p><p>Improvements to the stability of Raflacoat Fit PEFC constructions provide better die-cutting performance and enable faster conversions speeds even with difficult matrix removal. These stability gains also contribute to a higher level of print detail.<br></p><h3>New topcoat for better whiteness and bolder colour</h3><p><br>The Raflacoat Fit PEFC face paper has a new topcoat which has taken the whiteness from 109 to 115 on the CIE index. The topcoat is also less absorbent than its predecessor, so converters are likely to see less ink consumption with UV-flexo while achieving more vivid colours. Also the HP Indigo printability remains at the same good level.</p><p>These qualities, together with improved press stability, provide a solid base for creating complex designs required by today’s end-users and brand owners.</p><p>“Thanks to market feedback, we’ve been able to identify technical features where these label stocks were to be further developed. That work is now done, and extensive customer and end-user trials have confirmed the improved performance of these upgraded products,” comments <strong>Jim Grieve</strong>, Technical Marketing Manager at UPM Raflatac.</p><p>“The new labels stocks perform better on-press even at higher speeds, and existing Raflacoat FIT customers will notice a drop in ink usage for a better print quality with bolder colours.”  <br></p><h3>EAN codes distinguish upgraded products</h3><p><br>The upgraded Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks will be rolled out in April and May as existing stocks run out. Because the new topcoat influences printing ink consumption and printing station settings, the label stocks have been made easy to distinguish with new EAN codes.<br> </p><table class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;height:220px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RH 6 HG45 PEFC (CQQ/RH06/CQN), EAN 8152065 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8335" target="_blank">8203071</a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RP 51 HG45 PEFC (CQQ/RP5X/CQN), EAN 8148761 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8218" target="_blank">8203040 </a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RP 48 HG45 PEFC (CQQ/RP48/CQN), EAN 8172537 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8216">8202999 </a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC 149 DF HG45 PEFC (CQQ/149D/CQN), EAN 8164334 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8300" target="_blank">8204634</a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RH 6 HG65 PEFC (CQQ/RH06/BF), EAN 8145654 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8240" target="_blank">8203064</a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RP 51 HG65 PEFC (CQQ/RP5X/BF), EAN 8177372 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8245" target="_blank">8203019 </a></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:548px;">​Raflacoat Fit PEFC RH 6 PP30 (CQQ/RH06/PP), EAN 8145647 <br>-> new EAN <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8287" target="_blank">8202975</a></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br><a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/brochures-attachements/EMEA%20English/Better%20efficiency%20with%20certified%20performance_Raflacoat%20Fit%20PEFC.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /> Raflacoat Fit PEFC: Better efficiency with certified responsibility</a></p>
UPM Raflatac introduces new Forest Positive concept and RAFNXT+ range of sustainable labelinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-introduces-new-forest-positive-concept-and-rafnxt-plus-range-of-sustainable-labelingUPM Raflatac introduces new Forest Positive concept and RAFNXT+ range of sustainable labeling<p><img src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2017/product-ranges-rafnxtplus.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p>​UPM Raflatac is introducing to the European market a unique lifecycle approach called <strong>Forest Positive</strong> along with <strong>RAFNXT+, </strong>a next-generation solution for sustainable packaging. </p><p> Forest Positive brings significant benefits for nature because it not only ensures net zero deforestation, but is also proven to promote biodiversity, improve water quality, and enhance the ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide. The innovative RAFNXT+ range has a carbon potential that is up to 20% more carbon positive than standard paper labels. </p><p>The RAFNXT+ range optimizes the use of raw materials, using less energy and water, and generating less waste during its lifecycle compared to standard labels. It provides a competitive edge for printers and brand owners alike in terms of both sustainability and efficiency, with fewer reel changes delivering savings in downtime and start-up waste, lower packaging and transportation costs, and increased storage capacity for both raw materials and finished stock. </p><p>The new range includes labeling solutions for a wide variety of applications, including retail labeling, labeling of packaged food, and labels for transport and logistics applications. </p><p>“With RAFNXT+, customers can differentiate themselves with our Forest Positive concept and by using labels that are proven to be 20% more carbon positive than standard paper materials. Furthermore, they can also enhance their productivity thanks to the optimized raw material efficiencies that RAFNXT+ delivers,” explains <strong>Jon Lenck,</strong> Director, VIP & Prime segment, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac. </p><p>“Forest Positive is a unique approach to the forest lifecycle that goes far beyond deforestation to actively enhance natural capitals,” says <strong>Robert Taylor</strong>, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac. “It’s carbon positive, which means the forests that we choose to source our raw materials from can absorb up to double the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the RAFNXT+ production process,” he continues. </p><p> <strong>For further information please contact:</strong> Jon Lenck, Director, VIP & Prime segment, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +48 71 776 5000 Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 20 4162 164 </p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges/rafnxt-plus-range">Find out more about RAFNXT+ and get to know our Forest Positive approach » </a></p>
Opaline and Castgloss - new WSA paper faces for premium quality labelshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/opaline-and-castgloss-new-wsa-paper-faces-for-premium-quality-labelsOpaline and Castgloss - new WSA paper faces for premium quality labels<p>​UPM Raflatac has introduced two new alternatives for premium labelling. The new Opaline WSA and the renewed Castgloss WSA paper faces are an excellent choice for premium quality labels that deliver stunning looks for all <strong>wines, champagnes and spirits, as well as finer foods and cosmetics</strong>. They are both WSA treated and suitable for drinks labelling where wash-off properties are required. </p><h2>Pearlescent Opaline WSA delivering a luxurious effect<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2010/35_77020.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></h2><p>As a new member of UPM Raflatac's product range for wine labelling, Opaline WSA provides a <strong>luxurious pearlescent sheen </strong>bringing even the simplest label designs to life.</p><p>This <strong>smooth and shiny </strong>paper face gives the label a <strong>shimmery effect</strong>, and its <strong>icy white base </strong>is optimal for printing attractive label designs, especially for the luxurious wines or beverages.</p><h2>Castgloss WSA 80 for demanding label designs</h2><p>The<strong> improved printability </strong>of the new Castgloss WSA now offers a perfect result even with the most challenging label designs.</p><p>It has a <strong>consistently smooth surface </strong>that delivers cloud-free gloss across the printed label, assuring a high quality result even with the most challenging designs and full-cover printing.</p><p>The<strong> excellent whiteness and opacity </strong>maximize contrast and provide an excellent foundation for print jobs of any colour.</p><p>Find out more about UPM Raflatac's <strong>wine labelling solutions</strong>:</p><ul><li><a href="/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labelling-solutions/wine-and-spirits">Wine labelling</a></li></ul><p>For more information about the products and availability, please contact your nearest <a href="/emea/en/contacts">UPM Raflatac representative</a>.</p>
UPM Raflatac is renaming RH 9 adhesive as RH 9X in Decemberhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-is-renaming-rh-9-adhesive-as-rh-9x-in-decemberUPM Raflatac is renaming RH 9 adhesive as RH 9X in December<p>Since its launch, the RH 9 hot melt adhesive has been under continuous development. The core focus has been on setting the industry benchmark for productivity in conversion, optimal chilled labelling performance and enhanced sustainability.<br> <br>Gradual fine-tuning project for RH 9 has been on-going during the recent years and was completed in the end of 2013, so that since the beginning of 2014 our label stock deliveries have carried the finalized adhesive formulation. The new name ‘RH 9X’ marks the successful completion of the development project.<br> <br>In other words, <strong>RH 9X is the same adhesive as we have supplied as RH 9 since end of 2013. There is no need to re-specify this adhesive with label end-users.</strong><br><strong> </strong><br>All RH 9 product combinations and their codes will be changed to RH 9X from 1 December 2014 onwards. </p><p><br>See the new product card for benefits, properties and technical information of RH 9X in chilled foods and logistics applications. <br><a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/brochures-attachements/EMEA%20English/RH%209X%20adhesive_ENG.pdf" target="_blank">New RH 9X product card</a><br><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/652">RH 9X: Technical information</a></p>
More choices for wine and spirits labeling from our Small Roll Servicehttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/more-choices-for-wine-and-spirits-labeling-from-our-small-roll-serviceMore choices for wine and spirits labeling from our Small Roll Service<p>​</p><p>UPM Raflatac’s Small Roll Service now has an even greater range of products to choose from. We are now offering around 20 new wine and spirits label materials in addition to the pharmaceutical labeling products added to the service last autumn.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Small Roll Service | UPM Raflatac" src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2017/small-roll-service-news.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>“The times are changing. The trend in wines, spirits and craft beverage labelling is towards shorter runs and a higher level of label customization. To support this, we have extended our offer of products available in Small Roll Service”, says Jay Betton, Segment Manager, Wine & Spirits, UPM Raflatac. </p><p>With our Small Roll Service, you can conveniently stock a range of label materials to serve precise customer demand, fill campaign and seasonal orders, and test new high-performance and high-value label solutions. </p><p>Using smaller quantities, as little as 100 square meters per roll, also helps you reduce both material waste and disposal costs. Additionally, less capital is needed for exploring new markets and competing for larger volumes.</p><p>The service is also available for our security and brand protection, durable, transport and logistics, and retail labeling products, as well as for a variety of tailored solutions. </p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/product-ranges-and-services/small-roll-service" target="_blank">Take a look at our updated web page, brochure, and product list to find out more about the full range of products available through the Small Roll Service »</a><br></p>
Recycle and reuse sustainable PET packaging with polyolefin-based shrink sleeve labelshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/recycle-pet-packaging-with-polyolefin-based-shrink-sleeve-labelsRecycle and reuse sustainable PET packaging with polyolefin-based shrink sleeve labels<p>​</p><p><em>The Association of Plastics Recyclers’ (APR) member meeting and the annual Plastics Recycling Conference drew a wide array of industry participants to New Orleans this year. At APR meetings, leading brands team up with reclaimers, equipment and product manufacturers, testing laboratories, and more, to discuss ways to improve plastic recycling capabilities and material reuse rates. </em></p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/RAFSHRINK%20PO%20MDO%2040%20HS.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Bottles are a key concern. PET, along with HDPE, are the two resins used for producing almost all plastic bottles. However, recycled material suffers from quality issues. </p><p>At the APR technical forum, <strong>Markus Kivelä </strong>from UPM Raflatac and <strong>Kristi Hansen</strong> from Plastics Forming Enterprises, were on hand to present the results of a study that sought to compare polyolefin-based shrink sleeve labels’ detection and sorting performance to PETG shrink sleeves. </p><p>The results found that UPM Raflatac’s RafShrink PO MDO 40 HS provided average detection rates of 92% versus 40% for PETG labels. The findings mean that brand owners now have new sustainable and recycling-compatible choices when it comes to branding and packaging global beverage products.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2016/Arrow.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><a href="http://internet-assets-edit.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/Articles%20attachments/UPM_Raflatac_Rafshrink_shrink_sleeve_article.pdf">Download the full article </a></p>
UPM Raflatac introduces new high performing adhesive for chilled food labelinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-introduces-new-high-performing-adhesive-for-chilled-food-labelingUPM Raflatac introduces new high performing adhesive for chilled food labeling<p>​UPM Raflatac has expanded its range of adhesives for food labeling with the launch of its<strong> RP48 AT </strong>(All-Temperature) acrylic adhesive for the European market. With good adhesion across a wide temperature range as well as good clarity, water resistance, and smooth convertibility, RP48 AT is an attractive alternative to hotmelt adhesives for labeling food packages stored in moist and chilled conditions.</p><p><img src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/RP48-AT.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p>Food packaging that will be labeled and stored in chilled or moist conditions, usually at 10°C or colder, often presents challenges for brand owners and packers. Hotmelt adhesives are typically used to label foods stored in these conditions, but can suffer from limited clarity and convertibility. RP48 AT performs well at a wide variety of temperatures, and excels at chilled conditions in particular, ensuring labels on food packaging remain firmly in place and retain their shelf appeal. Furthermore, it offers good clarity when used with clear film faces and improves the stability and efficiency of the converting and dispensing processes. RP48 AT can be paired with UPM Raflatac’s PP White FTC 60 or PP Clear FTC 50 film face materials.</p><p>“For food labeling applications, RP48 AT combines the best properties of hotmelt and acrylic adhesives,” says Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac. “The adhesive performs extremely well in moist and chilled conditions, while also offering good performance in converting and dispensing, as well as high clarity for clear film faces,” Knihti continues.</p><p>Photo can be downloaded at the <a href="https://upm.emmi.fi/l/6SvDQQvSxtFp" target="_blank">UPM Photo Library »</a></p><p> </p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong><br>Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 2041 68 395<br> </p>
UPM Raflatac launches certified paper faces for food, retail and wine labellinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-launches-certified-paper-faces-for-food-retail-and-wine-labellingUPM Raflatac launches certified paper faces for food, retail and wine labelling<p>​As a result of UPM Raflatac’s commitment to source paper products from sustainably managed forests, ‘Raflacoat Plus’ label paper for prime product labelling has now been replaced by ‘PEFC Raflacoat Plus’ in all applications. PEFC Raflacoat Plus retains the same exceptional mid-gloss standards, with high opacity and contrast supporting fine print detail for branding and product decoration. It is also available with the thin and recyclable ProLiner PP30 backing. </p><p>As part of an on-going process to widen the forest certified paper labelstock offer in Europe, UPM Raflatac has also introduced ‘PEFC Raflacoat Opti’ as a cost-efficient option for printing digitally with HP Indigo, and the FSC® certified phenol-free thermal papers ‘Thermal Eco BPAF FMC’ and ‘Thermal Eco TPF FMC’. The new FSC certified label faces ‘Fleur de Coton White WSA FMC’ and ‘Fleur de Coton Ivoire WSA FMC’ offer a high-quality textured look for wine labelling.</p><p>UPM Raflatac’s chain of custody system tracks certified material from the forest to the final labelstock product, and provides third-party verification that that the wood used in label materials originates from responsibly managed forests. UPM promotes all credible forest certification systems including the two major international schemes: FSC, the Forest Stewardship Council®, and PEFC™, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes. </p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p><p>Ms Heini Lehti, Sustainability Manager, UPM Raflatac EMEA</p>
Durable labels for tough conditionshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/durable_labels_for_tough_conditionsDurable labels for tough conditions<p>​<br>Durable goods such as electronics and electronic components, automotive parts and domestic and industrial appliances place high demands for self-adhesive label materials. These applications have widely varying requirements for resistance to exposures such as heat, chemicals and solvents, water, mechanical strain and outdoor conditions including UV light. The substrate to be labelled places exacting demands particularly on the adhesive, and from this perspective there are two main types: polar surfaces like glass, metals, ABS plastic, polycarbonate and polyester, and non polar surfaces like PE, HDPE and PP plastics.<br> <br><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2015/Durables_battery.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Non polar (low surface energy) surfaces are particularly challenging due to the basic principle that good adhesive wet-out and bonding requires the surface energy of the adhesive to be equal to or lower than the surface energy of the labelled substrate. For bonding on low surface energy materials, additives are incorporated into adhesives to reduce their surface energy. However, these additives plus tackifiers reduce the adhesive’s cohesion – the property which provides the resilience required for durable labeling.<br> <br>UPM Raflatac’s durable labelling products incorporate UV-acrylic adhesives cured by ultraviolet light. The cure initiates a ‘cross-linking’ reaction, which locks together the molecules in these adhesives, increasing their cohesion and therefore their resistance to durable labelling exposures. Adhesives such as <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/24" target="_blank">RC 15</a>, <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/25" target="_blank">RC 18</a> and <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/26" target="_blank">RC 20</a> provide options optimized for polar, non polar smooth and rough surfaces. They are available with a variety of films such as heat and chemically resistant PETs and mechanically strong Tyveks. <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/27" target="_blank">RC 35</a> is designed for bonding over-lamination films used to protect the printed image. Various combinations are UL-approved for the North American marketplace.</p><p> <br> <strong>‘RX’ series marks a durable solvent-free breakthrough</strong></p><p>The most extreme durable labeling applications have traditionally required a solvent adhesive. UPM Raflatac’s latest breakthrough, RX 15, finally makes it possible to go solvent-free in highest performance applications like high-temperature automotive labelling. Remarkable cohesion provides extreme resistance to chemicals, UV light, and shearing at high temperatures. RX 15 is the first of a new ‘catalyst activated’ adhesive series onto the market. A very high density of cross-links is achieved following the introduction of a catalyst after the adhesive is coated during label stock manufacture. The catalyst is water vapour. </p><p>Read more about </p><ul><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labeling-solutions/durables">Durable goods labeling applications</a></span></li><li> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/brochures-attachements/EMEA%20English/RX%2015.pdf" target="_blank">RX 15 brochure</a></span></li></ul><p>  </p>