Canadian Packaging

Toray intros new film for upscale food packaging

New Torayfan KMS1 heat-sealable matte BOPP film offers significant improvement in the manufacture and design of low-gloss premium bags.


December 12, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., headquartered in North Kingstown, RI, has released the new Torayfan KMS1 70-gauge biaxially-oriented heat-sealable matte polypropylene film designed to be used as an outer web in food packaging applications requiring a premium appearance.

Toray is the only U.S. manufacturer of precision-performance polypropylene, polyester, and bio-based films for packaging and industrial applications, and its technologically-advanced KMS1 film offers an industry-leading low seal-initiation temperature (SIT) for lap seals—20 degrees lower than what typical sealable matte films offer—and a broad heat-seal range, which enables faster processing on high-speed form-fill-seal equipment.

In addition, new Torayfan KMS1 film has a low-gloss surface with excellent haze and a print adhesion layer on which the water- and solvent-based inks commonly used on rotogravure and flexographic presses print beautifully. That combination of optical properties and printabilty makes KMS1 especially well suited to the manufacture of finished packages that have the kind of distinctive, eye-catching, high-end matte aesthetic that appeals to brand managers and consumers.

End users and converters will also appreciate KMS1 film’s low coefficient of friction (CoF) and excellent ability to bond during the manufacture of adhesive and extrusion laminations. The low CoF, along with the reliable bonding and printing, also contribute to faster, more efficient processing and package manufacturing.

Applications for the new KMS1 film include salty snacks, baked goods, crackers, cookies and confectionery items.

“KMS1’s low SIT marks a significant development for premium snack food manufacturers,” says Franco Chicarella, product manager, Torayfan Polypropylene Film Division, Toray Plastics (America), Inc. “The ability to increase line speed and seal with less heat transfer allows end users to increase output. The matte aesthetic is also a big plus to brand managers who want to attract a discerning customer.”

For more information about Torayfan KMS1 polypropylene matte film, contact Franco Chicarella at 401-667-4404 or via e-mail at gianfranco.chicarella@toraytpa.com.

About Toray Plastics (America) Inc.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, and bio-based films for flexible and rigid packaging, lidding, graphic, industrial, optical, and electronic applications. The company is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc., the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films, which has annual sales exceeding US$19 billion. For more information, visit www.TorayFilms.com.