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ASLAN introduces two new films made from recycled polyester

ASLAN introduces two new films made from recycled polyester
ASLAN is expanding its range of environmentally friendly and PVC-free products for the sign and digital printing sectors with the addition of a new digital film and protective laminate made from recycled polyester.

LoopPET ASLAN DRL 19 is a white film for use in large format digital printing. It is made using 30 percent recycled polyester and heralds the introduction of a series of products that are more than just PVC-free, thus leaving a smaller carbon footprint. ASLAN’s renowned Dryapply adhesive technology makes it easy to apply the film, which is compatible with Latex and UV curable inks, without bubbles and also facilitates excellent removability.

The LoopLam ASLAN SRL 19 laminate is the perfect match to protect the print. The content of recycled polyester of this clear film is 70 percent and, even though it is designed as a protective laminate (liner/adhesive), it also is possible to print it using UV curable and Latex inks.

Both self-adhesive films are equipped with ASLAN’s special and reliable water-based adhesives, meaning that as well as being crafted from recycled raw materials, they are also free of solvents, PVC and VOCs.

Worldwide, the sign and large format markets are undergoing a move towards more environmentally friendly products. While complete recycling is currently not an option, ASLAN has approached the matter intelligently. “We used raw materials that contain recycled components as a base for the new films.” explained Dr. Petra Tschöpe, ASLAN’s R&D Manager for Self-Adhesive Speciality Products.

The recycled polyester used is post-consumer recycled (PCR), using, for example, old PET bottles that are sorted by colour and then shredded into small flakes, according to the material. These flakes are then mixed with new PET granules in varying proportions (70 percent for transparent, 30 percent for white) and then extruded to form new films. This creates an environmentally-friendly, forward-thinking composite of recycled raw materials for digital printing. White products are limited in the proportion of recycled contents in order to maintain the desired degree of whiteness.

The 50 µm (1.9 mil) thick ASLAN films can be applied to smooth, flat surfaces and are ideal for use in retail displays, exhibition graphics, visual merchandising and, in fact, wherever value is placed on products that offer a real greener alternative. Both products can be used indoors and outdoors and are available in the dimensions 1.37 x 50 m (53” x 50 yards).

For further information, visit: www.aslanfolien.de

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