Uflex has released OPTIKA Transparent Flexi-Tubes, a new multi-layered flexible laminate that offer 360-degree printing, utilization of the entire tube (from shoulder to crimp) for branding, high-definition graphics, metallic effects, registered lamination, superior surface finish and EB coatings for high-gloss finishes, among others.

Uflex’s Flexi-Tubes also offer the ability to customize barrier properties, moving away from the typical 3-tier structure of most laminated tubes. Uflex can also offer myriad anti-counterfeiting features like multiple lens, single lens and security strips among other customized brand protection features.

“We have adopted a special process that imparts depth to printing and imagery prominently highlighting the main elements of the brand artwork,” notes Ish Dhawan, head of product development of Uflex’s tubes vertical. “The inside and outside seamless printing with metallic effects coupled up with the refractive properties of the transparent Flexi-Tube creates an absolutely never seen before visual appeal at the point-of-sale (POS). We use ultra-clear polyethylene as the innermost substrate that further imparts mesmerizing aesthetics to the Flexi-Tube. The optical illusion created by printing inside the tube gives distinct visual effects as the gel/liquid gets consumed over a period of time. The importance of visual stimulation for beauty and cosmetic products can never be emphasized enough.”

Adds Ashwani Sharma, president and CEO of New Business Initiatives, Uflex: “Flexi-Tubes happen to be a very important value-added product of our company. With the existing tooling apparatus at our plant, we can manufacture flexi-tubes ranging from 19 mm to 50 mm in diameter. Our capacity is 300 million Flexi-Tubes per year with 10 machines in operation currently. Given the robust demand for various types of Flexi-Tubes that we offer, we could look at expanding our manufacturing capacity by another 200 million tubes by the end of 2018.”