Sleeve & Seal Innovation Brings Production Benefits
Sleeve & Seal Innovation Brings Production Benefits

27 August 2009

Experts from leading shrink sleeves manufacturer Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury have perfected a ‘sleeve and seal’ range to cut production times and costs in the sauces and drinks sector.

The innovation and design team, which is also renowned internationally for its lid production, is aiming to make the packaging process use fewer resources, while improving brand positioning opportunities and without comprising on security.

It comes on the back of £2m investment by the company last year in shrink sleeve technology, including a DCM sleeving machine with hot melt adhesive application, a DCM Babycat inspection system, temperature controlled storage areas for raw materials and 8 colour MPS UV flexo press.

Kursat Uysal, business development manager at Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Bury, said: “We’re always looking to the future and coming up with new ideas for each one of our customers. We’ve completed a series of trials to test the market and gauge where our clients want the sleeve and seal range to progress and the feedback has been very encouraging.”

Sleeve and seal involves replacing the traditional label and tamper proof neck band on bottles with an all-in-one OPS, PET, PVC or PLA substrate sleeve. It allows for 360 degree, top-to-toe decoration, vastly increasing the surface area available for brand messages.

It also combines visual appeal with tamper evidence capabilities and practicality. The sleeve is printed on a transparent substrate and there is also scope for visibility windows as well as scuff and scratch resistance barriers.

Applied in one application, sleeve and seal cuts out unnecessary production processes and saves extra resources by reducing the need to deal with multiple suppliers.

Coupled with click-top screw lids for bottled products, sleeve and seal can provide optimum tamper-proof features. Perforations can also be applied vertically down the side of the sleeve for ease of recycling.

Mr Uysal added: “There’s a need for businesses to get smarter when designing their packaging and explore new methods that cut out inefficient production processes that arise from using the traditional label and separate tamper-proof function. Sleeve and seal means producers can save money and time as well as adopting a modern, updated look for their brands.”

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