We’re exhibiting at Packaging Innovations this May

After several postponements, Packaging Innovations returns for 2022 and Camvac will once again be exhibiting. A change of hall for 2022 will see the show expand on previous years for the future of branded packaging and technology to be fully on show, across two days 25th and 26th May in Hall 1, NEC Birmingham.

Camvac will be on stand C80, showcasing our entire range of sustainable packaging films under our Camvert brand including our post-consumer recycled mono-material lidding film ExtraPET PCR and our latest development metallised MDO PE film.

Camvac will also be exhibiting our other leading products / services including our proven range of metallised films, clear barrier films and laminates on Stand C80.

To book your tickets and find out more about the exhibition visit the Packaging Innovations website.

Camvac’s Ukraine Appeal

Camvac are proud to be working with Breckland Council and likeminded local businesses to do what we can to support the people of Ukraine in their time of need.

The effort from not only the Camvac Team but the wider community has been monumental with van loads of donations already on their way to Ukraine and more in progress.

Not only are we providing donations of food, medical supplies, baby items and personal hygiene products, we are also sending out 36,000m of our metallised film due to it’s heat retention properties.

Click on the link below to watch the great efforts of all involved!

Camvac maintains BRC Grade A Status

Camvac BRC Grade A

The BRCGS Global standard for Packaging Materials was the first packaging standard to be globally recognised by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and as such, is a popular packaging standard for those operating within and supplying packaging to the food and drink industry.

Packaging is a fundamental part of any brand. It defines product integrity, security and drives innovation. Consumers are attracted to strong and recognisable products that need to be consistent in size, colour and shape. Packaging is therefore an integral part of the manufacturing process. The Global standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials is the first packaging standard in the world to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) bench-marking committee. This is why Camvac works tirelessly to achieve a high standard, year on year.

Our BRCGS standard is just one of a number of standards Camvac works towards so our packaging options are leading in our chosen markets.

Take a look through our Product Range of see for yourself.

 

Mono Material Lidding Film – ExtraPET

mono material lidding film extrapet

Mono Material lidding film, that is UK plastic tax compliant; ExtraPET. Available in peel and weld-seal options with anti-fog and excellent moisture and oxygen barrier properties.

ExtraPET also benefits from using Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content within the laminate structure which is food contact approved. The mono material lidding film, ExtraPET, can also be printed on, removing the need for external cardboard wraps around the tray and film lid.

The recyclable lidding film has the capability to seal and peel from various tray structures including most PET trays. A PET tray and ExtraPET film lid combination meets the ever-growing requirement of a complete mono-material packaging solution that is truly recyclable where facilities exist.

Camvac’s ExtraPET film range is found in most UK supermarkets and has a growing presence globally, particularly in mainland Europe where a mono material lidding film solution is needed.

Not only are the UK consumers demanding greener and more sustainable options but also the 2022 UK Plastic Tax introduction is forcing converters and food packaging companies to find sustainable alternatives so they are not penalised or costs increased.

ExtraPET is a perfect solution to enable products currently packed in multi-polymer tray/lidding combinations to switch a 100% PET film / tray solution that is already extensively used in the MAP/CAP markets.

ExtraPET PCR has been developed to go beyond the 30% post-consumer recycled minimum.

With this new product being added to Camvac’s ExtraPET portfolio, the predominant customer base of converters and packers will not change. The long-standing supply partnerships will continue to be built upon, albeit with a new environmentally friendly stance, alongside the proven reliability of Camvac’s ExtraPET film.

ExtraPET PCR Key Product Benefits

  • Mono-material (widely recyclable)
  • Chlorine free barrier coating (environmentally friendly)
  • Excellent seal integrity
  • Minimum 30% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content for UK Plastic Packaging Tax
  • Peel and weld seal options
  • Market leading antifog properties
  • Excellent light transmission / low haze values. Excellent clarity and product visibility
  • High barrier laminate offers extended product shelf-life
  • Print receptive top coating

 

As Camvac continues to invest and develop new packaging films, the company is continually seeking new opportunities to partner with likeminded companies and would welcome any opportunity to discuss new partnerships – not only for our ExtraPET films but also our other packaging solutions.

Contact Us today to start the conversation.

Christmas Opening Times 2021

Our Christmas and New Year Opening Times are; 

Thursday 23rd December – Offices Close at 17.30pm

We remain closed from Friday 24th December until Tuesday 4th January.

Tuesday 4th January – Open from 8.30am

Wednesday 5th January – Open As Normal

We wish all our customers past, present and future a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year. 

 

Metallised MDO PE

metallised mdo pe film from Camvac

Metallised MDO PE is now available from Camvac in single web form.

Norfolk based supplier of metallised and clear barrier films, Camvac, has expanded its sustainable packaging material films by successfully developing a high barrier metallised machine-direction orientated Polyethylene film.

Primarily aimed at the food and converter markets, Camvac’s latest film development increases the company’s sustainable barrier layer packaging film solutions.

Machine-direction orientation (MDO) film has a growing presence in food and consumer packaging. In recent months the confectionary and snacks marketplace has been requesting the industry for a metallised MDO PE based film.

This request includes the requirement to provide a barrier coating suitable for conversion and lamination to similar product family materials, creating a mono-film laminate solution for conversion into the end-product packaging.

This development facilitates the opportunity for recycling within the circular economy.

Camvac’s barrier technology has delivered a solution with their latest commercial development being available in 20 and 25 micron gauges.

MDO technology has numerous benefits for a film material.

Processing film material via MDO enhances the properties of the film and offers the opportunity for costs to be reduced. MDO films are incredibly stable when compared to ‘standard PE’, which facilitates the potential to reduce the gauge resulting, which in turn uses less material being used, which in turn leads to a reduction in product packaging, transport costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

Taking the raw MDO PE film, Camvac has used their unique, patented technology, adding barrier to the film via their Camplus Extra process.

The Camplus Extra technology produces an MDO polyethylene film that has dramatically improved metal adhesion, offering higher inter-ply bond strength and enhanced barrier.

The single-web metallised MDO PE offers the converter a high barrier, OTR and MVTR, polyethylene film that can be laminated to another PE substrate to create a mono-material film for conversion into a recyclable flexible packaging pack. These laminate film structures may predominantly feature in the snack food marketplace, including crisp packaging and similar end-uses.

Key benefits of the latest development include;

–         Reduced film thickness

–         Reduced packaging costs

–         Possibility of 100% mono-material structures that can be recycled

–         Lamination grade of high barrier metallised PE film material

–         High pressure resistance

–         Exceptional barrier performance both MVTR & OTR

–         Available in 20um and 25um single-web structures

–         Camplus Extra process to surpass the necessary barrier requirement the market demands.

Gary Chalkley, Development Director at Camvac, states “Developing a high barrier metallised MDO PE offers the converters and ultimately the end-users the possibility of a mono-material laminate for the snack market which can be recycled. The Technical and Production Teams here at Camvac have worked in parallel to develop a high barrier MDO PE film solution. Utilising Camvac’s barrier technology has created an exceptional a film with exceptional barrier performance. Utilising it’s unique patented Camplus Extra technology to metallise the PE Camvac has delivered the barrier requirement for the snack market. This is the first development commercially available of barrier MDO PE from Camvac and we are already close to commercially launching clear barrier solutions.“

This innovation joins Camvac’s growing range of Sustainable Packaging Solutions within their Camvert range of films which is primarily targeting the food and converter marketplace.

As Camvac continues to invest and develop new packaging films, the company is continually seeking new opportunities to partner with likeminded companies and would welcome any opportunity to discuss new partnerships – not only for their Sustainable Packaging Film but also their other packaging solutions.

Contact Us today to discuss your individual packaging film requirement.

Camtherm Film used in fight against COVID-19

high barrier metallised film Camtherm by Camvac

A new video from VIPA Int’l, the representative association of the global vacuum insulation panel (VIP) industry, demonstrates how VIPs help solve the unprecedented logistical challenge of shipping billions of COVID-19 vaccines ‎around the world at very low temperatures (-20°C to -70°C).‎

VIPs’ high insulation values enable stable temperatures for up to 10 days without power‎ and give enhanced resistance in extreme climatic conditions, which is especially effective for the ‘soft last mile’ to the vaccination centres and doctors’ offices. Their low insulation thickness also allows for thinner container and packaging walls, meaning that more vaccines can be shipped per journey.

Camvac’s part in all this is to supply our Camtherm film, metallised films and laminates for thermal insulation, which is converted and used within the VIP panel construction. Camvac’s Camtherm film has been specifically designed, tested and optimised to be supplied in laminate or single web structures. Camtherm demonstrates exceptional barrier to oxygen and moisture as well as excellent emissivity values. These characteristics results in our Camtherm films being used within the manufacture of VIP panels. The VIP panel offers insulation within the outer packaging of the container / box. VIP panels have unique characteristics which makes them ideal for transportation. These characteristics include extremely low thermal conductivity, coupled with long-term thermal performance and low insulation thickness. They are also reusable, recyclable and nontoxic so ecologically friendly.

Watch the below video from VIPA to understand more about VIPs and how they are being used to ship COVID-19 vaccines around the globe.

Camvac may not be on the front-line fighting this pandemic but together with our thermal insulation film and partners we are doing all we can to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

Packaging Insights Interview with Camvac’s CEO

Extrapet Lidding Film by Camvac

PackagingInsights speaks exclusively with Camvac CEO Greg Kingham about raw material availability issues conjured up by the COVID-19 and Brexit “perfect storm.” Kingham also discusses Camvac’s compliance with the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, and how the company defines “sustainability.”

Camvac is an industry leader in the high barrier food and liquid beverage packaging sectors. The UK-based supplier also produces specialist films for various applications, including its Camtherm metalized films and laminates.

Camvac’s films are used within the thermal insulation industry, specifically Vacuum Insulated Panels (VIPs), and play an essential role in transporting COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.

Flexible Packaging Europe and others have warned of raw material shortages. How has Camvac been impacted?
Kingham: At the start of the pandemic, supply was consistent, and no major impacts were felt. However, as the pandemic grew and disrupted more countries, we started to experience raw material supply issues. Earlier this year, we were receiving numerous force majeure declarations from our suppliers. Like most packaging manufacturers, raw material pricing has increased dramatically over 2021. Still there does seem to be some calming coming into place with pricing beginning to stabilize for most raw material products. Availability, on the other hand, is still limited.

How has Brexit escalated the supply issues?
Kingham: One of the biggest obstacles was English ports closing last winter and Brexit coming into effect. Our purchasing team had managed to secure material to ensure we could fulfill our customer orders on time and in full, but the limitations to shipments into and out of the country really did impact us.

Coupled with Brexit taking effect, some would say it was the perfect storm! Thankfully, the two-to-three-week period was the biggest disruption we faced. Admittedly, we continue to see extended lead times for raw material supply, so our production team is continually adjusting dates to meet raw material deliveries. We have increased our raw material levels on-site to help manage this.

Furthermore, our purchasing team continues to work closely with our suppliers to secure material and ensure our customer orders can be fulfilled. As the supply issue is industry-wide, our customers are aware of potential extended lead times and placing orders before we would usually expect them. This helps massively with securing stock and planning production and order fulfillment.

In what ways has Camvac supported the fight against COVID-19?
Kingham: Part of the fight against COVID-19 is the deployment of the various vaccines. Our Camtherm structures have the important task of transporting the COVID-19 vaccines around the globe. Many of the vaccines must be kept at very low temperatures. As a result, temperature-controlled packaging is used as the transport solution of choice. The temperature-controlled boxes are designed to offer energy efficiency as well as excellent space savings and reliability for more vaccines per shipment.

Camvac’s Camtherm film has been specifically designed, tested and optimized to be supplied in laminate or single web structures. Camtherm demonstrates exceptional oxygen and moisture barriers and excellent emissivity values. These characteristics result in Camtherm films being used within the manufacture of VIP panels. The VIP panel offers insulation within the outer packaging of the container or box. VIP panels have unique characteristics making them ideal for transportation. These characteristics include extremely low thermal conductivity, coupled with long-term thermal performance and low insulation thickness. They are also reusable, recyclable and non-toxic.

What consumer trends have you discerned from COVID-19?
Kingham: Heightened hygiene and increases in food packaging demand have certainly come to fruition. The consumer is demanding produce in packaging, and this demand continues. It seems the change in consumer demand is a clear requirement for eco-friendly packaging solutions. This is driving our product development.

Meanwhile, e-commerce has increased and continues to maintain high levels. This has not directly impacted Camvac as we do not sell online. However, the increase in online activity and online orders has increased the demand for cardboard packaging. Linked to this, we see supply strains on our cardboard-based consumables, for example, cores. There is not a supply limitation, but there has been a visible increase in price for cardboard cores.

Camvac has continued launching eco-conscious solutions during the pandemic. How do you define “sustainability?”
Kingham: “Sustainability” at Camvac is defined as offering the consumer an eco-friendly solution that performs on par with, and where possible exceeds, the barrier performance of traditional packaging films. Camvert is our dedicated sustainable range. Our company vision is not to limit our material options: where the consumer demands a recyclable barrier film, we will develop this, and where a home-compostable solution is sought, we will develop this also. Our Camvert portfolio is being driven by the consumer, depending on their geographical location. Our end goal is to be able to offer our customers a sustainable solution from our entire range.

How has your Camvert barrier film range evolved over recent years?
Kingham: Our development team is focused on increasing our Camvert barrier films range. In 2019, we developed and commercialized a compostable barrier film for food. In 2020, we introduced our decorative home-compostable metalized cellulose acetate film. We then reintroduced our thermal laminate films with enhanced barriers. In 2021, we have developed and introduced our post-consumer recycled (PCR), all-PET, barrier laminate structure: ExtraPET PCR. Further developments continue to progress well and by the year-end, our Camvert range will expand again as these new developments commercialize.

Is Camvac prepared for the April 2022 UK Plastics Packaging Tax?
Kingham: Camvac continues to prepare for the tax, mainly through barrier film developments that can be cost-neutral for customers. One big part of this preparation is the commercialization of our ExtraPET films with PCR content. By offering this solution to the marketplace, with percentage levels of PCR material that far exceed the minimum (30 percent), we can prolong the film’s lifespan and enable a truly long-term solution. Our customers will not be investing in product approvals only to have to seek reapproval if the UK legislation changes and increases the percentage of PCR required.

What challenges might wider industry face with this tax?
Kingham: The main challenges for Camvac and the wider packaging industry will be securing the raw material required to meet and exceed the legislation. Furthermore, it will be challenging to introduce barrier packaging solutions that are cost-neutral, or as a worst-case scenario, with price increases lower than the tax. If the products cannot overcome the cost difference, our customers will opt for the plastic tax and not more sustainable packaging solutions.

With UK lockdown measures appearing to ease, what are Camvac’s plans for the future?
Kingham: Throughout the UK’s lockdown, Camvac has remained operational. We are continuing to welcome our office staff back on-site but revised and socially distanced arrangements will last for the short-term, mainly to reassure our team members after working from home for so long.

Commercially, we are looking forward to face-to-face meetings when restrictions ease further. Video calls have a place and will be part of Camvac for years to come, but at times, it is a lot better to physically meet your customer in-person to build a relationship. We are also starting to welcome visitors back on-site for meetings and tours of our manufacturing facility. Further ahead, we are looking forward to industry shows from a visitor and exhibitor perspective.

Interview By Joshua Poole. Packaging Insights. July 2021. 

Lidding Film ExtraPET PCR

lidding film thats recyclable by Camvac

Camvac launches 60% Post-Consumer Recycled Barrier Lidding Film

Norfolk based Camvac was the first company in Europe to develop and commercialise food contact grade metallised PET and OPP films. Fast forward over fifty years and the company has established itself as one of the leading global suppliers of metallised and clear barrier films and laminates for a wide range of applications including food and liquid beverage packaging.

Camvac’s latest commercial development is a post-consumer recycled (PCR) grade PET barrier film named ExtraPET PCR. This new development joins Camvac’s existing ExtraPET film range which is used primarily within for the food and converter marketplace and positions itself within Camvac’s growing Camvert range of sustainable packaging solutions.

ExtraPET PCR has been purposely developed to meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable lidding film solutions. The new film development sets out to reduce plastic waste and plastic going to landfill. It also utilises the circular economy, reducing the use of fossil feedstocks, alongside reducing carbon footprint, and supporting recycling streams along with improved waste collection. The film still provides an all-PET structure and maintains Camvacs’ high gas barrier performance, both OTR and WVTR as required for MAP & CAP packaging applications.

Available in either peel or weld seal laminate structures, the mono-material lidding film has been designed to offer excellent sealing properties and exceptional barrier performance. Whilst guaranteeing the film appearance is not hampered by using food contact approved PCR grade base webs. Camvac can offer a sustainable film that truly challenges virgin PET films, due to very similar characteristics and visual appearance – no yellow hints are visible in the barrier lidding film!

The high barrier polyester laminate film’s versatility contributes to the film being used for a wide range of processed meats, fresh meats, poultry, pastas, vegetable, and bakery packaging solutions, where presentation and fresh appearance is critical.

Camvac’s Development Director, Gary Chalkley, states “ExtraPET traditionally provides a variety of environmentally friendly and atmosphere packaging solutions in peel and non-peel, anti-fog, and high barrier options. By introducing a minimum 60% PCR content film into the range boosts the film’s environmental attributes of this mono-material film in the drive for more sustainable film solutions for the packaging of fresh and prepared produce.”

The peelable ExtraPET PCR is available as an adhesive laminate of 12-micron polyester to 20-micron polyester. ExtraPET PCR Peelable total PCR content makes up 62% of the laminate structure.

The weld seal laminate structure is 12-micron polyester to 15-micron polyester. This laminate structure uses two base webs that accumulates the total post-consumer recycled content of 65-percent of the laminate structure.

As a direct result of the ExtraPET range being an all-polyester structure, the potential of total recyclability, where post-consumer collection infrastructure exists, is possible.

The recyclable lidding film has the capability to seal and peel from various tray structures including PET trays. A PET tray and ExtraPET film lid combination meets the ever-growing requirement of a complete mono-material packaging solution that is truly recyclable.

 

Camvac’s ExtraPET film range is found in most UK supermarkets and has a growing presence globally, particularly in mainland Europe. Not only are the UK consumers demanding greener and more sustainable options but also the imminent introduction of the UK plastic tax is forcing converters and food packaging companies to find sustainable alternatives.

ExtraPet is a perfect solution to enable products currently packed in multi-polymer tray/lidding combinations to switch a 100% PET film / tray solution that is already extensively used in the MAP/CAP markets.

ExtraPET PCR has been developed to go beyond the 30% post-consumer recycled minimum.

With this new product being added to Camvac’s ExtraPET portfolio, the predominant customer base of converters and packers will not change. The long-standing supply partnerships will continue to be built upon, albeit with a new environmentally friendly stance, alongside the proven reliability of Camvac’s ExtraPET film.

ExtraPET PCR Key Product Benefits

  • Mono-material (widely recyclable)
  • Chlorine free barrier coating (environmentally friendly)
  • Excellent seal integrity
  • Minimum 62% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content
  • Peel and weld seal options
  • Market leading antifog properties
  • Excellent light transmission / low haze values. Excellent clarity and product visibility
  • High barrier laminate offers extended product shelf-life
  • Print receptive top coating

 

As Camvac continues to invest and develop new packaging films, the company is continually seeking new opportunities to partner with likeminded companies and would welcome any opportunity to discuss new partnerships – not only for their ExtraPET films but also their other packaging solutions.

FDA Compliance Maintained

Camvac FDA Compliance

For another consecutive year, Camvac has successfully maintained our 100% FDA Compliance score for 2021-2022.

The latest FDA Compliance inspection was a little different from previous years as a result of the COVID-19 regulations in place. Camvac’s business operations were still inspected for compliance with the stringent standards required by the FDA. Although the inspection was carried out remotely, Camvac still passed and our FDA Compliance has been extended for the year ahead.

The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health in the USA through the control and supervision of their operating industries. The FDA is a broad regulatory authority with responsibilities that regulate a range of product categories including; foods, medical and electronic products. The area of interest for Camvac is the food category due to our food and converter packaging solutions.

Camvac are pleased to have successfully passed the audit. Maintaining the FDA Compliance means Camvac can continue to supply packaging solutions into the USA markets, in particular the Liquid Packaging Market.