Get ready for 2020 with BPA-free thermal labelshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/get-ready-for-2020-with-bpa-free-thermal-labelsGet ready for 2020 with BPA-free thermal labels<p>​<img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2017/BPA-free-thermal-papers.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>Thermal paper, commonly used in the retail sector for receipt paper and weighing scale labels, has traditionally used Bisphenol A (BPA) as a color developer. However, new EU legislation coming into force requires all thermal paper sold in Europe to be free of BPA after 2 January 2020. </p><p>UPM Raflatac has anticipated this change with a full range of uncoated and top-coated BPA-free thermal label materials for most typical end-use requirements. We also offer bisphenol-free and total phenol-free label products for more specific end-user demands.</p><p>“It is important to stay a step ahead of legislation, which is why we are ready to offer a full range of BPA-free thermal label papers well in advance of the deadline,” says <strong>Jon Lenck</strong>, Director, Business Segment VIP & Prime, EMEIA. “If you have any concerns about which product is right for you, get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide guidance.”</p><p><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/solutions-and-services/labeling-solutions/retail/bpa-free-products">Find out more about EU regulation 2016/2235 and discover our full range of BPA-free thermal label materials »</a></p><p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong><br>Mr Jon Lenck, Director, VIP & Prime, UPM Raflatac EMEIA, tel. +48 71 776 5000</p>
UPM Raflatac has been cooperating with MULTIVAC to develop new full wrap solution with self-adhesive labels for food packaging. The solution will be presented during FachPack 2018http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-has-been-cooperating-with-multivac-to-develop-new-full-wrap-solution-with-selfadhesive-labels-for-food-packagingUPM Raflatac has been cooperating with MULTIVAC to develop new full wrap solution with self-adhesive labels for food packaging. The solution will be presented during FachPack 2018<p>UPM Raflatac has been cooperating with MULTIVAC to develop full wrap solution with self-adhesive labels for food packaging. The solution will be presented during FachPack 2018 - the European trade fair for packaging, processing and technology taking place in Nuremberg, Germany, on September 25-27. </p><p><img src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2018/full%20wrap%20solution%20-%20570.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;" /></p><p><strong>Differentiation is the key to catch the consumer eye on the shelf</strong><br>With full wrap labeling a label encloses four sides of a pack, similar to a banderole. Thanks to this, full wrap labeling offers various possibilities in the design of the pack, and this in turn contributes significantly to increasing the attractiveness of these packs at the point of sale.</p><p>Self-adhesive full wrap solutions open food products to the whole world of label shapes and materials and are ideal for several types of packs, including vacuum skin packs, thermoformed MAP packs as well as trays and clamshells in a wide variety of shapes and materials. All this improves the impression and gives more opportunities to differentiate your food product on the shelf.</p><p><strong>Why full wrap label makes a difference?</strong><br>Due to the labels being held in effect by the carrier material, they can be shaped to fit perfectly, e.g. with curves and cut-outs to specific food and package. This provides great flexibility with the shape and design of the label and maximizes product visibility as well as area for branding to gain superior position at the point of sale compared to linerless or a top label.</p><p>Self-adhesive technology provides also increased efficiency of the labeling process. With fewer reel changes in comparison to usual linerless materials, they offer savings in downtime and start-up waste, lower packaging and transportation costs, and increased storage capacity for both raw materials and finished stock. Additionally, no manual application is needed. Either there is no specific investment needed for the printing as the solution is feasible with various printing houses.</p><p>Full wrap with self-adhesive labels is a sustainable solution. Backing paper from full wrap can be recycled with UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® program and turned into new paper. Moreover UPM Raflatac’s self-adhesive label materials for full wrap – called Raflacoat Board NXT+ FSC and Raflacoat NXT+ FSC – create a great opportunity to enhance sustainability by delivering incredible reductions in energy, water, and waste throughout their lifecycle compared to standard paper labels. The labeling solutions offered by MULTIVAC are tailored to the output and infrastructure requirements of customers. That way, individual needs define the complexity and functionality – a crucial factor for their sustainability.</p><p><strong>UPM Raflatac labeling material options and MULTIVAC labeler</strong><br>UPM Raflatac has wide range of self-adhesive materials combined with different adhesives suitable for full wrap labeling with different packages and circumstances. UPM Raflatac label materials have been tested on MULTIVAC’s PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) full wrap machinery to ensure efficient application with variety of possibilities.</p><p>Learn more about the solution from the<a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/brochures-attachements/EMEA%20English/Guide-to-full-wrap-with-self-adhesive-lables.pdf" target="_blank"> Guide to full wrap with self-adhesive labels.</a></p><p><strong>Come and meet us at FachPack 2018, Stand 1-221 in Pavilion 1</strong></p><p><a href="https://upm.emmi.fi/l/nDnHr8HDCd6-" target="_blank">Click here to download the photos »</a></p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong><br>Marko Tiainen, Business Segment Manager, Prime EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 9 3158 9481<br>Michael Reffke, Product Manager, MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection, tel: +49 5221 931 104</p><p>   </p><p>   </p>
UPM Raflatac meets rigorous Home Care labeling requirements with global portfolio launchhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/upm-raflatac-meets-rigorous-home-care-labeling-requirements-with-portfolio-launchUPM Raflatac meets rigorous Home Care labeling requirements with global portfolio launch<p><img src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/Home%20Care%20global%20launch.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>UPM Raflatac, the world's leading sustainable label company, is pleased to announce the global launch of a renewed portfolio of innovative Home Care film label materials*. Whether your brand specializes in laundry care, surface care, dishwashing liquids or home insecticides, our high quality labeling solutions will offer consistent performance and ensure your products stand out on the shelf.</p><p>Brand loyalty in the Home Care segment is important to many consumers and a label is a brand owner's best chance at making a first impression that could generate a customer for life. But those labels have to perform well, time after time, even though they are often used in moist or wet environments and experience content spillage. UPM Raflatac's superior labeling solutions will consistently meet brands' needs – from rigid, to conformable and squeezable, large bottles and even open closure with resealable functionality.</p><p>Sustainability is top of mind for leading brand owners, and UPM Raflatac's Home Care line includes a wide range of ecodesigned products that can enable them to meet consumer demand for sustainable packaging materials; reduce waste, water and energy usage; and promote a circular economy. This includes innovative products like UPM Raflatac's Association of Plastic Recyclers-recognized wash-off labels with RW85C adhesive for PET containers and Vanish™ PCR, a clear film with a 90 percent recycled content face – a global first for sustainable packaging. </p><p>"UPM Raflatac's global line of Home Care label materials offer the best in functionality and sustainability performance, which allows brands to differentiate themselves among their competitors," says <strong>Timo Kekki</strong>, Vice President, Films SBU, UPM Raflatac. "As part of our commitment to labeling a smarter future, our experts around the world will work with brands to determine the right label for the right container, ensuring perfect decoration for your packaging." </p><p><a href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/home-care"><span lang="EN-GB">Click here for more information about UPM Raflatac's renewed Home Care film label portfolio and to learn about how how enabling a circular economy can help your brand build a sustainable future.</span></a></p><p>*Available constructions vary by region. </p><p><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></p><p>Scott Sowers</p><p>Senior Communications Specialist, UPM Raflatac</p>
Ultra-removable adhesives leave surfaces clean as newhttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/ultra-removable-adhesives-leave-surfaces-clean-as-newUltra-removable adhesives leave surfaces clean as new<p>​<br>UPM Raflatac’s ultra-removable adhesives offer decisive removability where cleanliness really shows and where damage-free surfaces are essential to an item’s value. <br> <br>The <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/3" target="_blank">RR522U</a>, <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/4" target="_blank">RR523U</a> and <a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/5" target="_blank">RR524U</a> adhesives offer varying levels of tack for labelling a wide range of surfaces – from glass and white goods to books and newspapers. Paper and film label face options include Raflacoat Plus PEFC, Vellum TTR, PP White TC 60, Thermal Top P 200 and Thermal Eco 300 PEFC.<br> <br><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2016/Ultra-Removable_adhesives-fridge.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" />Based on microsphere technology, these ultra-removable adhesives consist of minute acrylic adhesive spheres in an adhesive emulsion. This produces microscopically non-continuous adhesive contact with the labelled surface, resulting in low-tack adhesion and a smooth peel-away. The microspheres and emulsion stay anchored to the label.<br> <br>“UPM Raflatac’s microsphere adhesives bring all the benefits of ultra-removable labelling to logistics, general branding and retail promotion,” describes Jouni Iiskola, Labelling Solutions Manager, UPM Raflatac. “Clean removal assists fast and cost-efficient handling, items look as good as new, and end-users and consumers have total satisfaction.”<br> <br><strong>Read more about:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/brochures-attachements/EMEA%20English/Ultra-removable%20adhesives.pdf" target="_blank">Ultra removable adhesives</a> </li></ul>
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>
The clear sustainable choice: UPM Raflatac's Vanish™ PCR with recycled content face and liner a global first for clear film labelinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/vanish-pcr-emeia-launchThe clear sustainable choice: UPM Raflatac's Vanish™ PCR with recycled content face and liner a global first for clear film labeling<p> </p><p><img src="http://assets.upmraflatac.com/News%20images/2018/Vanish-PCR.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>UPM Raflatac is boldly taking a leap forward in its promise to label a smarter future. Its new sustainable Vanish™ PCR line of ultra-thin clear film labels are now available in the EMEIA region. Featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners, these "no-label" look labels will allow brand owners to increase their sustainability without sacrificing performance!</p><p>More and more iconic global brands are setting ambitious sustainability targets for their packaging materials. Vanish PCR is the only clear-on-clear labeling solution on the market that incorporates recycled content. Suitable for glass, clear PET or metal containers with a functional barrier, these labels are now available worldwide. They are ideal for any brand in the home and personal care, beverage or food segments in need of clear label materials. Best of all, the clarity and performance are equal to any standard clear-on-clear construction. </p><p>"As the world's most sustainable labeling company, we want to offer our customers innovative solutions that promote and enable the circular economy. Vanish PCR is an excellent example of that," says <strong>Robert Taylor</strong>, Director, Sustainability, UPM Raflatac. "Constructing clear label face and liners from recycled content has never been seen in the packaging industry before. Together with our partners we can make a smarter future beyond fossils and close the circle."</p><p>"Customers in the EMEIA region are looking for more sustainable alternatives. These alternatives must have have the same excellent performance customers have come to expect from UPM Raflatac," adds <strong>Jan Hasselblatt</strong>, Director, Global Business Development, Home and Personal Care, UPM Raflatac. "With our new Vanish PCR clear thin film labels you can meet – or even exceed – your sustainability targets while also achieving a premium no-label look for your containers."</p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span><a href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/vanishpcr" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-GB">Click here for more information about UPM Raflatac's globally available new Vanish PCR clear film labels with PET face and liners made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled content. </span></a></p><p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p><p>Scott Sowers, Senior Communications Specialist, UPM Raflatac, +1 828 275 7261</p>
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>
PP White TC 60 and ProLiner PP30 for demanding applications in food labellinghttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/pp-white-tc-60-and-proliner-pp30-for-demanding-applications-in-food-labellingPP White TC 60 and ProLiner PP30 for demanding applications in food labelling<p>​UPM Raflatac has announced a new addition to the successful ProLiner<sup>®</sup> product family. PP White TC 60 RH 9 ProLiner PP30 is a combination of a high-quality, multipurpose filmic face, a high-tack hotmelt adhesive and the revolutionary ProLiner PP30 for increased productivity and profitability in high-volume labelling.</p><p>“We’re pleased to introduce this new combination – it complements the current ProLiner PP30 product range for food, personal care and home care labelling,” says <strong>Jay Betton</strong>, Business Segment Manager at UPM Raflatac. “The filmic face and backing allow the label to be utilised in more demanding applications involving moisture, whilst still taking advantage of all the ProLiner benefits such as more labels on a roll and faster running speeds, not forgetting the recyclable value. This new combination really is the way forward.”</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2011/35_88349.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Used ProLiner PP30 has commercial value and can be sold back to commercial recyclers. Users also have the option to be reimbursed for used ProLiner PP30 collected through UPM Raflatac’s waste management concept, RafCycle<sup>®</sup>. This way, ProLiner PP30 returns to UPM and is re-used as raw material for UPM ProFi<sup>®</sup> wood-plastic composite products like patio decking, flooring and facades.</p><p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong><br>Mr Jay Betton, Business Segment manager, Food, Retail & Home Care labelling, UPM Raflatac EMEA</p>
RR 23 adhesive introduces longer-lasting removability in more applicationshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/rr-23-adhesive-introduces-longer-lasting-removability-in-more-applicationsRR 23 adhesive introduces longer-lasting removability in more applications<p>​<br>UPM Raflatac has launched a new removable adhesive for paper label faces in food, logistics & transport and retail uses. As an upgrade to its predecessor RR 24, RR 23 provides exceptional long-term removability on a wide variety of surfaces.</p><p>For food labelling applications, RR 23 meets the requirements of EU frame regulation EC 1935/2004. It also complies with relevant parts of the plastic food regulation EU 10/2011.</p><p>RR 23 enables label printers to achieve consistently high converting speeds. On label dispensing lines, smooth runnability with optimal initial tack contribute to reliable results even on curved surfaces.<br></p><h2>Label stock product range to cover targeted end-use areas<br></h2><p>RR 23 completes UPM Raflatac’s removable adhesive range for high volume paper faces together with RR 21. The new adhesive will be introduced in the following product combinations, and replaces the current RR 24 products.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-7" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-7"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:33.33%;">​Product</th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:33.33%;">​ Sales Code </th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-7" rowspan="1" colspan="1" style="width:33.33%;">​EAN</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-7"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​<a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8629" target="_blank">THERMAL TOP P 180 RR 23 HG65</a></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-7">​CAL/RR23/03 </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​8214138</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-7"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​<a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8631" target="_blank">THERMAL ECO 300 RR 23 HG65</a></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-7">​X7/RR23/03 </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​8214145</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-7"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​<a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8625" target="_blank">RAFLACOAT PLUS PEFC RR 23 HG65</a></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-7">​ES/RR23/03</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​8213933</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-7"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​<a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/product-search/8627" target="_blank">VELLUM TTR RR 23 HG65</a></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-7">​02/RR23/03</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-7">​8213940</td></tr></tbody></table><p><br><br><a href="http://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/component/729" target="_blank">Technical information for RR 23</a><br></p>
Unique! Totally phenol-free product complements BPA-free Thermal Eco gradeshttp://www.upmraflatac.com/emea/en/news/details/unique-totally-phenol-free-product-complements-bpa-free-thermal-eco-gradesUnique! Totally phenol-free product complements BPA-free Thermal Eco grades<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="http://internet-assets.upmraflatac.group.upm.com/News%20images/2011/39_89528.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />​The European Food Safety Authority has stated that according to the available information, Bisphenol A (BPA) in direct thermal labels poses no risk to human health.</p><p>However, public speculation over BPA’s health effects has prompted some retail chains to move away from BPA, which is used as a colour developer in thermal papers including cashier receipts. Other retailers are seeking to take all phenols out of circulation. How will you respond when these retailers come to you?</p><p>Most public concern over phenols relates to the health effects of BPA in products and containers that cause <strong>direct contact between BPA and food</strong>. The European Commission, for example, has announced a ban on BPA in plastic baby bottles. </p><p>The debate continues over the possibility that BPA can be absorbed through the skin from receipts and labels, and what safe levels might be. </p><p>But that hasn’t stopped retailers from taking the precautionary step of sourcing <strong>BPA-free receipt papers</strong>, handled by cashiers in volume and also by the shopping public. </p><p>Some retailers apply the same reasoning to <strong>self-adhesive price-weigh labels</strong> applied to bags of produce by consumers and scanned at the checkout.</p><p>At UPM Raflatac, we seek to stay at the forefront in all environmental and health related issues. We now offer BPA-free and phenol-free alternatives to traditional thermal labelstock.</p><h2>BPA-free thermal ECO papers – also certified sustainable</h2><p>The following products feature a BPA-free thermal face paper, which is also responsibly sourced:</p><ul><li>Thermal ECO BPA Free-FSC RP 51 HG65</li><li>Thermal ECO BPA Free-FSC RH 9 ProLiner PP30</li><li>Thermal ECO BPA Free-FSC RR 21 HG65</li></ul><h2>Totally phenol-free – join us as the first onto market!</h2><p>While the main concern for retailers has been the absorption particularly of Bisphenol A (BPA) into the skin through cash receipts, some retail chains are seeking to withdraw from phenols completely. We have a unique new product to match this requirement:</p><ul><li>Thermal ECO TP Free-FSC RP 51 HG65</li><li>Thermal ECO TP Free-FSC RR 21 HG65</li></ul><p>This is the <strong>first ever phenol-free direct thermal pressure sensitive product on the market</strong>, where developer function is achieved using different chemistry to that based on various phenol raw materials. When retail customers approach you, what options will you be able to put on the table? What will that difference mean for your order volumes?</p><p>Both our BPA-free and totally phenol-free labelstocks have the same high quality, thermal printing properties, service and availability as our standard Thermal ECO grades. </p><p>Contact your <a href="/emea/en/contacts">UPM Raflatac representative</a> to discuss your own and your customers’ needs!</p>