Amcor will show its latest metal-free packaging technology, AmLite, at the upcoming Pack Expo in Las Vegas from September 28 – 30. AmLite utilises Amcor’s extensive experience in high-barrier coating and film extrusion to create a lightweight, transparent material that offers excellent product protection, a strong seal and improved packaging appearance.

“Brand owners can now easily choose transparent packaging, even for sensitive products,” says Marco Hilty, VP of strategy and R&D for Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas. “Packaging that shows the product inside increases consumer trust and the likelihood of purchase. For sensitive products, however, this was typically not a practical option, and they were hidden behind aluminium-based or metallized packaging. AmLite gives packaging designers and marketing teams a cost competitive alternative.”

In addition to transparent features, AmLite is also available with a white sealant layer, resulting in brighter printed colors by eliminating the grey background of metal-based materials.

AmLite was developed using Amcor Barrier Coating, a micro-thin transparent barrier layer that is deposited on a base web. The result is a lightweight material with barrier levels approaching that of aluminium. AmLite also utilizes special high-performance grades of PE or OPP sealant for excellent performance on packing machines and a reliable seal.

“AmLite can offer a significant environmental benefit by reducing material use,” says Wojciech Skalbani, global sales and marketing director, technical products, Amcor Flexibles Europe and Americas. “In a lifecycle assessment, AmLite provided a 40 percent carbon footprint reduction and 21 percent weight reduction compared to standard alu-based materials. Additionally, it can help our customers ensure product safety by allowing the use of metal detectors after packs are filled and sealed.”

AmLite can be used for a range of ambient wet and dry food products, as well as medical and personal care products like powders and lotions. It also offers excellent sealing properties and a strong seal to create a variety of pack formats, including regular, standup and spouted pouches, and well as flow packs, sachets and more.

Its performance on packing lines will be demonstrated at Pack Expo on Inever’s new MVC1200 machine, which will be running the white version of AmLite.