Klöckner Pentaplast launches recyclable PET blister film

kpNext PET film is designed to enable recyclable packaging without compromising the manufacturing process

Klöckner Pentaplast (KP), a manufacturer of high barrier protective packaging solutions with recycled content material, has launched kpNext, a PET recyclable blister designed to be compatible on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill and seal equipment.

kpNext PET film is designed to enable recyclable blister packaging without compromising the manufacturing process. Pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilise kpNext on their existing form, fill and seal lines with no loss of line speed or a need to retool, the company claims.

The product is produced from a globally recyclable material and is designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.

Daniel Stagnaro, Head of Technology said: “Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multi material structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated. Major pharmaceutical companies have been challenging blister manufacturers for a solution that is responsible and recyclable. KP has answered those challenges with kpNext.”

At the company’s application development lab located in Charlottesville, Virginia, scientists, chemists and technical teams have worked on developing the technology.

Dr Jorg Schneewind, President of KP’s PHD Division said: “kpNext is an example of excellence in product innovation because it has been designed to be recyclable and is a seamless transition, taking the burden off our customers to adapt to the sustainable film. Instead, the film adapted to the equipment. It’s a true milestone for the industry and for kp - in our ability to support our customers in meeting their sustainability commitments.”

“For over 55 years, KP has been at the forefront of sustainable packaging designs, championing the circular economy and closed-loop recycling while leading in innovative, recycled-content products,” said Scott Tracey, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast. “As a company, we’re committed to taking every opportunity to make packaging recyclable. A win-win for our long-term partners.”

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