Henkel and Siegwerk join forces to create recyclable flexible packaging

Henkel and Siegwerk are working together to co-develop an oxygen barrier coating marrying performance with a mono-material flexible packaging that is easier to recycle.

Henkel and Siegwerk share a belief that the transition to a circular economy will require new technologies – and new forms of collaboration, too.

Representatives from Henkel and Siegwerk met at K-Fair in 2019 and agreed to co-develop an oxygen barrier coating for more recyclable food packaging. Now, they are preparing to launch that solution in North America and Europe and will introduce it at two trade fairs: K-Fair in Düsseldorf from October 20 to 24 and Pack Expo in Chicago from October 23 to 26 booth number S-2172.

Working in close partnership, Henkel and Siegwerk shared knowledge and explored ideas for how to create a barrier solution for flexible packaging without compromising shelf-life.

The result is an industrially validated oxygen barrier coating that enables mono-material flexible packaging for dry food products, setting recyclers free from the headache of mixed materials. Recently, the product has been recognized by APR (Association of Plastics Recyclers) Critical Guidance to be compatible with recycling.

In October 2022, experts from both companies will stand side-by-side to present their sustainable innovation. Visitors at K-Fair and Pack Expo will get the chance to learn more about this oxygen barrier coating.

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