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Klöckner Pentaplast launches recyclable PET blister film

Plastic packaging manufacturer Klöckner Pentaplast (KP) has announced the launch of a new recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) blister film, kpNext.

The film, according to KP, is completely compatible with pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill, and seal equipment. This means that pharmaceutical companies and converters will be able to use kpNext on their existing production equipment, with no loss of line speed or a need to retool.

Pharmaceutical packagingThe film will be able to be recycled ‘globally’, stated KP, and is designed to be deposited in the resin identification code (RIC) #1 PET stream.

The packaging is the culmination of three years worth of research and development, with a team of scientists, chemist and technical professionals developing the technology in the company’s kp i.center: an application development laboratory located in the United States.

Daniel Stagnaro, Head of Technology at Klöckner Pentaplast, commented: “Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multi-material structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed of in 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 launch, 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.”

Scott Tracey, CEO of KP, said: “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.

“As a company, we’re committed to taking every opportunity to make packaging recyclable. A win-win for our long-term partners.”