UPM Raflatac launches new plant-based PE film for home and personal care applications

(UPM Raflatac, Helsinki, 22 September 2017 at 10:00) - UPM Raflatac is extending its range of film face materials for the European market with a new plant-based material that provides a sustainable alternative to fossil-based films for a wide variety of end uses. RafBio PE 85 performs just like standard PE film, and its excellent flexibility makes it ideal for the squeezable bottles and contoured containers that are widely used in home and personal care applications.

Part of the RafBio family of bio-based labeling solutions, RafBio PE 85 is the ideal choice for customers who are looking for a sustainable film face material that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions during its life cycle, compared to conventional PE, while still keeping products looking their very best. Made from sugarcane ethanol, the film contains more than 80% renewable plant-based raw material and is recyclable within the same recycling streams as fossil-based PE.

RafBio PE 85 is combined with our RP37 adhesive for multi-purpose labelling applications. Furthermore, UPM Raflatac's RafCycle programme offers significant benefits to label printers and end users by turning waste into valuable resources.

"Our RafBio range is another significant step on our journey towards a more sustainable future. It will help our customers to reduce their dependence on fossil raw materials and differentiate themselves from the competition by demonstrating a desire to improve their environmental performance," says Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA.

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For further information please contact:
Päivi Knihti, Segment Manager, Films, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 2041 68 395

UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac is one of the world's leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labelling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 3,000 people and made sales of EUR 1.4 billion (USD 1.5 billion) in 2016. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM - The Biofore Company. Find out more at www.upmraflatac.com.

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Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

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