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IML FILMS

IML FILMS

What is IML (In-Mould Labelling)?

IML enables injection and decoration of parts in a single production phase. The IML process presents the following advantages:

  • Elimination of the “label application” stage ➔ Reduction of manufacturing costs
  • Recyclability of injected products: the injected part and the label are on the same raw material substrate
  • Reduction of the quantity of raw material to be injected to obtain the same final thickness, as the label contributes to wall thickness
  • Lengthening of the printed label life span, even in difficult storage conditions (humidity, cold…)
  • Resistance to scratching
  • Freedom in the choice of design
  • Process that enables to print an increasing amount of information on the label (composition of the packaged products...)
  • Excellent optical results

The IML process is widely used for the following:

  • Packaging in the food industry
  • Packaging for industrial products (paint, chemical products, pet-food…)
  • Packaging of cosmetics products
  • Storage boxes / domestic appliances (waste bins, suitcases…)
  • Plastic cups used in the events industry
  • Decorative films for indoor and outdoor furniture

Our IML films

Manufacturing expertise, as well as the quality and diversity of our CAST films have made PROPYPLAST a specialist on the IML market. We focus much of our R&D on new technical solutions that meet ever more cutting-edge expectations in this sector and enable to obtain new IML applications.

The advantages of
LMG® films for
In-Mould applications

Our LMG® range is currently highly appreciated by all the players of the IML chain thanks to its technical assets.

 

Firstly, our films offer several benefits for the printers:

  • Good printability and holding of the ink in various printing processes
  • The CAST film can be printed in both directions ➔ Optimisation of the label layout
  • Possibility to do high label stacks
  • Low film shrinkage ➔ Easier for the label design

Our LMG® range is also recognized by the injectors:

  • Excellent adhesion of the label to the injected substrate
  • Good antistatic properties enabling easy unstacking of labels during injection
  • Good electrostatic charge in the mould
  • Good positioning of the label on the container ➔ Waste reduction
  • Perfect covering of the part to be decorated with or without overlapping of the edges of the labels
  • Very good resistance of the pails during the drop test
  • Low shrinkage of the label which avoids lid distortion problems and thin wall deformation
  • No label degradation at the injection point (lids) and at the perforation point for the handle
  • Soft film enabling the use of labels in injection of complex shapes also with an hinge
  • Thicknesses from 50µ up to 300µ covering a large application range in in-moulding
  • Large product range of technical films (barrier, UV-stabilized, antimicrobial, bactericide and virucidal, silver effect…) expanding the IML application fields

 

Finally, our CAST IML films offer interesting advantages for the end users and the consumers:

  • Large product range of technical films with barrier properties enabling a longer shelf-life of the packed products ➔ Reduction of waste and preserving agents in food:
    • Oxygen barrier (including sterilization applications)
    • Light barrier
    • UV barrier
    • Water vapour and oxygen barrier
    • Possible combination of the different barrier properties within the same film
  • Antimicrobial, bactericide and virucidal properties
  • UV-stabilized product range for outdoor applications
  • Circular economy: all our films are 100% mono-material and recyclable

 

Basing itself on its experience in IML and CAST process know-how, PROPYPLAST has broadened its LMG range with a series of films that enables to provide labels with technical functionalities. We are thus in a position today to offer a complementary and highly technical range:

Barrier films

  • Oxygen-barrier IML films
  • Oxygen-barrier IML films for sterilization
  • UV-barrier IML films
  • Light-barrier IML films
  • Oxygen-barrier and UV-barrier IML films
  • Oxygen-barrier and light-barrier IML films
  • Virus-barrier and bacteria-barrier IML films

For any specific request, please contact us.

Appearance effect films

  • Metallic-effect IML films
  • Pearl-effect IML films

 

 

 

 

 

 

For any specific request, please contact us.

UV-resistant films

  • UV-stabilised IML films for outdoor applications

 

 

 

 

 

 

For any specific request, please contact us.

All our films are 100% recyclable

Product range

 

QUALITIES COLOUR Types* PROPERTIES APPLICATIONS MONOMATERIAL
FILM
CIRCULAR
ECONOMY
CONTAINERS & LIDS FURNITURE
Containers ≤ 1 liter Lids (no distorsion) Containers > 1 liter Large containers Indoor applications Outdoor applications
STANDARD FILM GRADES FOR PP IML APPLICATIONS
LMG C
LMG W
Clear White 50, 55 Good antistatic properties, easy label positioning in the mould, good pail resistance in case of drop tests, no lid distorsion, no thin wall container deformation, no label degradation at the injection point (lids) and at the perforation point of the handle X X
60, 65 X X
70, 82 X X
≥ 90 up to 300 X X
FILM GRADES WITH BARRIER PROPERTIES FOR PP IML APPLICATIONS
LMG C BAR O2
LMG W BAR KAR O2
Clear
White
65, 82 Oxygen barrier properties X X X
X
LMG C BAR S O2
LMG W BAR KAR S O2
Clear
White
65 Oxygen barrier properties for sterilization applications X X
LMG C BAR UV Clear 65, 82 UV barrier properties X X
LMG C BAR O2 UV Clear 65 Oxygen and UV barrier properties X X
LMG W BAR LIGHT White 65, 82 Light barrier properties / Complete Opacity X X
LMG W BAR O2 LIGHT White 82 Oxygen and Light barrier properties X X
LMG C BAR O2 WATER VAPOUR LMG W BAR O2 WATER VAPOUR Clear
White
100 Water vapour and Oxygen barrier propertiesfor the packaging of controlled moisture products (powders, tobacco) X X X
ANTIMICROBIAL FILM
LMG C ANTIMICROBIAL Clear 75 With bactericide and virucidal properties X X X
COLOURED FILM GRADES FOR PP IML APPLICATIONS
LMG SILVER Silver 82, 120, 150 No issue with the electrostatic loading in the mould X X X
LMG BLACK Black 82 X X
FILM GRADES WITH UV STABILISATION FOR PP IML APPLICATIONS
LMG C STAB UVLMG W STAB UV Clear White 90, 190 UV stabilised films X X
FILM GRADES FOR PE APPLICATIONS
LMG C BLOW / LMG W BLOW Clear / White 100 For Blow-Moulding applications on PE X X X X
LMG C PE / LMG W PE Clear / White 100 For Injection on PE X X X X
SPECIAL FILM GRADES
Lidpil C / Lidpil W Clear / White 100 Peelable films for container liddings X
Lidpil C BAR O2 / Lidpil W BAR O2 Clear / White 100 Peelable films for container liddings with oxygen barrier X
INTERCALAIRE NEUTRE Clear 250 Insert film for label packaging finishing X
* other types on request (up to 300 maximum)
The recommended printing side is identified with a red sticker on the reels. We recommend not to apply any corona treatment before printing.
Storage in a clean, controlled temperature (20-26°C) and humidity environment (40-60 % RH). The storage temperature should be the same as the printing room temperature.
If not, the films should be stored at least 48 hours in operating room temperature before printing.
The reels should remain in their protective packaging until they are used on converting machines.