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Profol adds thin-gauge polyolefin sheet capability.


profol_usa_standorte_RZ_040511Profol expands upon its heritage of being one of the world’s largest cast polyolefin film producers by adding thin-gauge sheet capabilities to their Cedar Rapids, Iowa, manufacturing site. Profol now offers thin-gauge sheet in a variety of polyolefin resins at some of the industry’s tightest gauge tolerances. Profol produces sheet with a gauge variation of +/- 0.5 mil across a web of 1900 mm (75 in.). Profol is able to achieve these tolerances through a uniquely engineered roll-stack design and proprietary integrated gauge control.

Prior to installing the thin-gauge sheet assets, the Profol team engaged the market to identify unmet needs for thin-gauge sheet applications. The message that came back loud and clear was the desire to reduce gauge while still maintaining part profile thicknesses in shallow-draw thermoforming applications. The barrier that was preventing many thermoforming companies from achieving gauge reduction was their inability to find sheet converters who could provide sheet with tight enough gauge tolerance, especially in the 12-25 mil range.

Profol is well known in the cast film industry for offering very tight gauge tolerances. Profol produces cast film in the range of 1-12 mil with tolerances on most grades of +/- 0.1 mil, in web widths as wide as 2700 mm (106 in.). When the market need for tight gauge tolerance in thin-gauge sheet was identified, our engineers designed the sheet line with the same proprietary integrated gauge control as we have on our film lines. Our customers have seen this as a game changer for their ability to reduce gauge. If you have thin-gauge polyolefin sheet needs, please contact us.


New CPPeel lidding film – a better alternative to aluminum.


Profol introduces the new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions. This new film gives manufacturers a better option for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. CPPeel is made with polypropylene resins in a cast film process – and is an alternative to lidding films made of aluminum, metallized PET or paper/PE lids. Our sealant layer is designed to be universal and will seal to a wide range of materials including polypropylene, polystyrene and PET.

CPPeel does not react with lactic acid, is solvent-free and generally more neutral towards packaged food. It is suitable for peelable lidding applications such as yogurt, cream cheese, instant soups, margarine, desserts, salads, sour cream or whipped cream. It can even be used with corrosive foods such as paprika or tomato spreads.

CPPeel lids can be heat-sealed to food containers without applying solvent-based heat-sealing lacquers and do not need to be embossed after printing. The production of CPPeel requires 90 percent less energy to manufacture compared to aluminum alternatives. The sealing temperature is approximately 100°C (212°F) lower, allowing for additional energy savings during application.

Colors appear crisper and brighter on CPPeel lids thanks to the film’s white base, boosting the packaged product’s appeal on the refrigerated supermarket shelf and grabbing the shopper’s attention.

Damaged closures and leaked food contents are a thing of the past. CPPeel lids adhere tightly to the rims of food containers and have a high puncture resistance. Lids stay on, but consumers also appreciate how CPPeel lids peel off containers smoothly and residual-free.

In contrast to existing aluminum/PP laminate lidding films, where aluminum residues on the sealing edge prevent the cup from being recycled, a polypropylene cup sealed with CPPeel is 100 percent recyclable.

Brand owners value the ability to use metal detectors on products sealed with CPPeel, which gives their customers more security. CPPeel meets all food safety regulations and requirements.

To learn more about Profol and our lidding solutions, please contact us.