Sibur subsidiary, Biaxplen's Tomsk, has started a 5 kilotonne per annum (ktpa) metallisation unit for biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films.
The leading Russian producer of BOPP films announced 1 Feb that the unit coats the film with an aluminum nanolayer using a vacuum deposition process.
The new unit, said the Tomsk-based company, will provide local clients and cater for Siberia's growing demand for quality packaging.
According to Victor Lushnikov, executive director of Biaxplen T, the supply of metallised films in Siberia and neighbouring regions, through the new unit, would allow for the export of similar grades produced at other Sibur sites.
Metallised films have enhanced barrier properties and are used in food packaging, namely for products that require sealed storage and light protection.
They also find application as gift wrapping for various household items and flowers, and as material for decorative labels, advertising and printed products.
These films preserve their reflective and barrier qualities through printing and heat-sealing, and on top of that they are also recyclable.