BPA is an organic synthetic compound used in the manufacture of plastics. It is also used as a color developer in the thermal layer of thermal paper. In recent years, there have been concerns that BPA could negatively affect people’s health, which prompted the EU to set regulations restricting its use.
According to UPM Raflatac, responsibility is taken seriously at the company, prompting this endeavor. To follow future trends and shape industry standards, the company also offers total phenol-free thermal label paper options. The developer used in UPM Raflatac’s phenol-free materials is non-phenolic, making it chemically different from all other color developers used in thermal papers.
“BPA-free materials are soon to become an industry standard. We will continue to be at the forefront by investing in developing total phenol-free chemistry solutions going forward. By adopting total phenol-free thermal label papers, printers and brands can stay two steps ahead of the competition and protect their market position in the long term for the years to come,” says Ville Pollari, director, Business Segment VIP & Prime, UPM Raflatac.