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Interfilm signs distributor agreement for coated barrier films

May 18, 2009

The benefits of NanoPack’s technology include longer shelf life for food packages.

Interfilm Holdings Inc., a distributor of thin gauge plastic films based in Greenville, SC, USA, has signed a distributor agreement with NanoPack Inc. of Wayne, PA, USA. NanoPack has developed proprietary barrier coatings that improve existing methods of creating clear barrier films used in packaging consumer products such as foods.

NanoPack’s patented NanoSeal enhances oxygen and aroma barriers and is adaptable to a variety of substrates and printing methods, while delivering multiple environmental advantages. Additionally, NanoSeal can substantially reduce the cost of traditional barrier packaging structures.

“NanoPack’s products provide a proprietary and elegant solution for many barrier film applications, and we expect these films to be quickly adopted in the market,” says Donnie Thompson, president of Interfilm.

NanoPack, which began research in 2005, became operational in late 2008. The agreement provides Interfilm with NanoPack’s distribution rights in the US and Canada for three years.

“Interfilm represents a viable and economical means of covering the market with a staff of experienced and highly motivated experts,” explained Howard Kravitz, president of NanoPack. “This addition to our existing sales force allows us to blanket the market in a manner that is timely and effective.”

According to Kravitz, production advantages for NanoSeal include performance and economic improvements. In addition, NanoSeal’s environmental benefits consist of improved gas barrier properties while using up to 90 percent less material. The use of NanoSeal also eliminates the free chlorine inherent in other barrier coatings thereby solving related processing and disposal hazards. NanoSeal coatings can be re-ground for re-use, and NanoSeal coatings will biodegrade when disposed.

Interfilm’s products include polyester, polypropylene, polystyrene, cellophane, brushed films, compostable films and metal adhesion films. Interfilm markets encompass labels and graphic arts, flexible packaging, folding carton, envelopes, flexible HVAC ducts and industrial films.

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