Profol is innovating cast film and sheet development in ways that many in the industry did not know were possible. Look for photos of our unique zoo animals at K 2019 demonstrating the surprising ways Profol is improving traditional packaging and automotive manufacturing. The K show is the world’s number 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber. It features approximately 3,200 international exhibitors.
Progano® lightweight composite can stand up to almost anything.
Progano® lightweight composite sheet is lighter than aluminum and as strong as steel. Progano helps automotive and other component manufacturers decrease weight, increase strength and improve production efficiency. It can be formed in many shapes using existing thermal presses and injection molding equipment. Learn more about Progano »
CPPeel® lidding film makes your entire package 100% recyclable.
The CPPeel® family of lidding solutions 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. Learn more about CPPeel »
CPPouch™ film provides safe and sustainable food storage.
CPPouch™ is a flexible single-material pouch that can be more easily separated and recycled versus multi-material solutions. Current Profol solutions include a laminated stand-up pouch made of 100% recyclable CPP and BOPP and a coextruded CPP stand-up pouch with a thin barrier layer for long shelf life. Learn more about CPPouch »
We the Profol group, with six locations in Germany, Czech Republic, USA and China have undertaken a major rebranding of our organization. With manufacturing plants on multiple continents, our rebranding is putting an emphasis on Profol as a global brand. The rebranding is designed to showcase our global presence, capabilities and leadership in cast polyolefin film and sheet. As part of this global rebranding, the three German locations will be renamed as of August 1st 2019 as follows:
Profol, with headquarters in Halfing, Germany, and five other locations around the world, had built a global reputation for quality and service through nearly 40 years of manufacturing polyolefin-based cast film and sheet products. The rebranding effort was driven by a need to unify our global marketing efforts to communicate our position as a world leader in the cast film and sheet industry.
The new tagline, “Profol Performs”, was created as a simple and direct delivery of the Profol brand promise. It serves as a guideline to Profol employees around the world as to what our customers expect from us. It also sets the tone for a unified brand identity, website, and communications approach for all Profol locations, and a better brand experience for all Profol customers around the world. Our promise of consistent performance is clear, and it sets us apart in a crowded marketplace.
Profol strives to build long-term relationships with customers by making their jobs easier. No matter where you go in the world, the unique benefit of Profol is the same – providing custom cast film and sheet solutions that solve specific customer problems.
We want to make you aware of our new web presence at www.profol.com, providing information on which markets we serve, new developments and products as well as trade show appearances. Please visit our website and view the News & Events section for upcoming trade show appearances.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (July 2019) – Profol, a global leader in cast film and sheet, announces that its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, facility has been certified and is registered as meeting the requirements of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) code edition 8.0 for manufacture of food packaging.
The team at Profol Americas began the certification process in September 2018, and certification was received July 15, 2019, making it the first SQF-certified Profol site. The Cedar Rapids site scored a 96 out of 100 which is an “Excellent” SQF rating – the highest rating category possible. Profol also has a BRC-certified site in Greiz-Gommla, Germany to produce food grade packaging film.
“Having our manufacturing site SQF registered is an important step for food packaging customers,” said Mark VanSumeren – Director New Business Development at Profol. “A key component of our Profol brand promise is to make our customers’ jobs easier. We strive for continuous improvement and believe achieving SQF certification offers our partners another level of confidence that Profol will continue to deliver safe, quality food grade packaging film.”
The SQF program is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive food safety and quality standards in the world. SQF standards require establishment of a rigorous, comprehensive food safety program through every step of the supply chain.
About Profol – Profol is a global leader in cast film and sheet and has expanded to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polyolefin cast films used in an ever-increasing list of commercial products – from flexible packaging to motor vehicles and household furniture. With locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Profol operates some of the most advanced cast extrusion facilities in the world. We have more than 500 employees worldwide who produce over 100,000 metric tons of plastic film and sheet products each year.
Profol’s packaging line of cast film and sheet is used for both food and non-food items. Applications include flexible packaging films for manufacture of pouch structures, peelable solutions including lidding, anti-fog film, floral sleeves, textile, overwraps, bread bags and shallow-draw thermoforming. We offer packaging films that are FDA/REACH/BRC compliant, PVC free and BPA free.
Our new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions give manufacturers better options for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. While our CPPouch™ family of flexible pouch films are ideal for single-material recyclability, a wide range of sealing properties, and high-retort packaging applications. Profol also provides film for metallization, film for barrier bags, and many label applications including IML printing. Profol offers clear CPP film as well as film in custom colors, with exceptional tear resistance, and with biodegradable options.
Profol’s packaging line of cast film and sheet are used for both food and non-food items. Applications include flexible packaging films for manufacture of pouch structures, peelable solutions including lidding, vacuum packaging film, anti-fog film, floral sleeves, textile, overwraps, and shallow-draw thermoforming. We offer packaging films that are FDA compliant, PVC free and BPA free.
Our new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions give manufacturers better options for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. While our CPPouch™ family of flexible pouch films are ideal for single-material recyclability, a wide range of sealing properties, and high-retort packaging applications. Profol also provides film for metalization, film for barrier bags, and many label applications including IML printing. Profol offers clear CPP film as well as film in custom colors, with exceptional tear resistance, and with biodegradable options.
New Progano® lightweight composite organo sheet is a fiber-reinforced polymer made of glass fibers embedded in a polypropylene matrix. It is 30% lighter than aluminum and has similar strength as steel. Progano semi-finished sheet can be formed in many shapes using existing thermal presses and injection molding equipment. Functional elements such as threaded connections and inlays can be integrated directly into the production process, saving significant labor and handling costs.
This innovative material is used by automotive and other component manufacturers to increase strength, decrease weight and reduce production costs. The lightweight material also has applications in construction scaffolding boards, concrete casting boards and drainage covers. Progano sheet is completely recyclable for environmental sustainability.
“We are excited about the future prospects of the lightweight composites market, and seek to leverage our considerable knowledge about lean continuous mass manufacturing of thermoplastic materials,” said Dr. Philipp Schieferdecker, CEO and Managing Director of Profol.
Progano is constructed in a specialized two-step process. Profol uses proprietary techniques to produce unidirectional (UD) tape that has embedded glass fibers running in either 0 degree or 90 degree orientations. Profol then composites multiple layers of UD tape to form a strong and lightweight composite material (other configurations are also possible). Profol produces and distributes UD tape and Progano sheet in a wide variety of sizes to meet the needs of component manufacturers.
New manufacturing facility devoted to the production of Progano.
To meet market demand, Profol is investing more than 45 million dollars in a new manufacturing facility in Greiz, Germany, to produce both UD tape and Progano sheet. The plant is scheduled for start of production in the second half of 2019. At full operation, the new Progano manufacturing facility will employ 45 people and will grow to an annual capacity of more than 20,000 metric tons.
This plant will use a sequence of production processes strictly optimized for manufacturing efficiency to yield a unique product which allows for substitution of aluminum in high-volume automotive parts at significantly lower weight and cost.
To learn more about Progano sheet, contact Oliver Rüsseler at +49 (0) 8055 181 130 or email@example.com.
About the company.
Since its beginning in 1980 as Profol GmbH (Halfing, Germany), the company has specialized in the production of high-quality cast polyolefin films. Since then, the environmentally friendly and versatile raw material cast polypropylene (CPP) has increasingly replaced other plastic film products. Polypropylene is odorless, tasteless and does not react with skin and mucous membrane. CPP films contain no plasticizers, acids or heavy metal compounds and are harmless to products and contact materials. Originally used mainly in the office supply industry, the material is increasingly gaining acceptance in the packaging, furniture and automotive industries.
Profol develops new product innovations based on CPP and other polyolefins, carries an extensive standard product line, and makes individual films to customer specifications. Profol supplies customers around the world through manufacturing sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia. With 26 production lines worldwide at its six production sites and approximately 500 employees, Profol has an annual capacity of over 120,000 metric tons of cast polyolefin film.
Profol actively promotes environmental protection and sustainability by striving to reduce the consumption of raw materials, producing with a minimum of energy (eg. through heat recovery) and using recyclable materials throughout the production process.
Nuremberg / Halfing, Germany – Profol, a specialist supplier of cast polypropylene films, has been awarded the coveted German Packaging Award in the category of “Sustainability” for its CPPouch™ technology. This award recognizes the outstanding characteristics of the Profol pouch, which is 100% recyclable unlike traditional soft pouches.
The German Packaging Award has honored the best solutions and innovations in packaging since 1963. This year, a total of 226 different types of packaging, machinery, displays, logistics solutions and new concepts were viewed and evaluated by the jurors. In the sustainability category, there were 29 submissions and a total of six winners. The award ceremony took place on September 25, 2018, as part of the FachPack packaging trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.
“Winning this prestigious award highlights the success of our research in sustainable packaging and demonstrates the marketability of CPPouch technology as an environmentally friendly and competitive alternative to laminated pouches made of PET/PE,” said Dr. Philipp Schieferdecker, Managing Director of Profol.
About Profol CPPouch solutions: CPPouch is a family of pouch technologies offered by Profol. This award-winning solution is a sustainable, energy-saving and 100% recyclable alternative to PET and polyethylene (PE) laminated pouches in the field of flexible packaging. Lamination and adhesive can be completely eliminated from the manufacturing process. In addition, the CPPouch family of solutions are solvent-free, food-neutral, and have high puncture resistance and seal strength. For the customer, this new development makes it easier to separate waste. Customary PET/PE combinations previously prevented pouches from being recycled. CPPouch films are available in white, transparent and a variety of colors. Learn more about the CPPouch family of film solutions »
About the company: Since its beginning in 1980 as Profol GmbH (Halfing, Germany), the company has specialized in the production of high-quality cast polyolefin films. Since then, the environmentally friendly and versatile raw material cast polypropylene (CPP) has increasingly replaced other plastic film products. Polypropylene is odorless, tasteless and does not react with skin and mucous membrane. CPP films contain no plasticizers, acids or heavy metal compounds and are harmless to products and contact materials. Originally used mainly in the office supply industry, the material is increasingly gaining acceptance in the packaging and furniture industries.
Profol develops new product innovations based on CPP and other polyolefins, carries an extensive standard product line, and makes individual films to customer specifications. Profol supplies customers around the world through manufacturing sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia. With more than 26 production lines worldwide at its six production sites and approximately 500 employees, Profol has an annual capacity of over 100,000 metric tons.
Profol actively promotes environmental protection and sustainability by striving to reduce the consumption of raw materials, producing with a minimum of energy (eg. through heat recovery), and using recyclable materials throughout the production process.
Sustainability continues to drive packaging innovation and simplification. In flexible pouch packaging, there is a push toward highly functional single-material solutions that can be more easily separated and recycled versus multi-material solutions that are prevalent today.
There have been several recent introductions for polyethylene pouch film technology. These products tout the polyethylene pouch as recycle-ready. Though the polyethylene pouch solutions have their place in some packaging, they don’t work well for applications requiring performance attributes that polyethylene can’t meet.
The narrow and mid web packaging format, driven by significant growth in digital printing, has helped lead the way to introducing new stand-up and pillow pouch solutions. With the growth in flexible pouch packaging and advancements of digital printing technology, brand owners are willing to cater to the market trend of individualization, which typically requires shorter print times and multiple label designs for a single product line. Economical, smaller run volumes are one of the key advantages of digital printing. Narrow web converters are realizing that, with a low capital investment, their digital label converting can become package converting.
Profol develops new polypropylene pouch technologies. To meet market needs, the Profol team worked with collaborative partners to develop two polypropylene CPPouch™ solutions that offer differentiated performance attributes versus existing polyethylene solutions.
CPPouch solution: 100% recyclable polypropylene pouch. Profol introduced a recycle-ready coextruded polypropylene film as part of the CPPouch family of pouch solutions. Besides sustainability, one of the key objectives of this mono-material pouch development was to match the performance of traditional PET/PE laminate in terms of drop test, puncture resistance and moisture barrier.
Among other advantages there is no lamination required, eliminating an additional process step. Printing will be applied on the surface versus reverse print. Profol’s printing partner, Engelhardt Druck, has demonstrated superb color-adhesion such that even ultra-sonic welding does not compromise the print along the sealing seam, easing concerns for scratching or other visual defects to the packaging during transportation. Trials carried out by Profol’s pouch converting partner, Widmann, confirmed that the film can be processed very efficiently. In order to expand the markets where this unique new solution can be used, a version suitable for retort applications up to 121°C (250°F) is being developed.
CPPouch solution: Cast polypropylene sealant web for BOPP/CPP polypropylene pouch. Profol teamed up with ACPO and Inland Packaging to develop this recycle-ready, polypropylene pouch solution. The pouch consists of a reverse printed BOPP film, and a pressure sensitive adhesive-coated cast polypropylene film. An oxygen barrier coating can be added if needed for the application. For proof of concept, Profol produced the cast polypropylene sealant web with a wide sealing window, ACPO applied the pressure sensitive adhesive to the sealant web, and Inland Packaging reverse printed the BOPP and pressure laminated it to the sealant web to form the final pouch.
Polypropylene pouch value proposition. These collaborative efforts have produced polypropylene pouch solutions that offer excellent functionality and differentiated performance for the narrow web and traditional pouch markets. In addition to improved sustainability and recyclability, the polypropylene pouch offers operational efficiency, low haze and directional tear advantages versus a polyethylene pouch.
Profol 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.
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 containing 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.
Non-corrosive 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.
Efficient 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% 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.
Vibrant 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.
Durable 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.
Recyclable 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% recyclable.
Safe 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.