Mondi, the global packaging and paper group, has decided to invest in its Styria, Austria, plant to offer more safe, clean, environmentally friendly liners for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers. The liner film will help reduce the risk of product contamination and also to increase worker safety during handling.
Stefan Pfundner, Business Solution Manager, Mondi Technical Films, said, “Mondi’s FIBC liners ensure clean food processing and are ideal for milk powder, other foods, pharmaceuticals and additional applications. Not only do Mondi’s FIBC liners advance customers’ processes and logistics, but their superior quality reduces the amount of raw materials used and offers an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional liners.”
The Mondi Styria film extruding plant is enabling the elimination of aluminum inner layers in FIBC liner films. Mondi is adding new equipment at Styria to make high-barrier, side-gusseted tubes for FIBCs.
Mondi Styria is able to produce these types of tubes in such food-clean conditions. The plant has earned three “AA” certifications per the British Retail Consortium (BRC) global standard for packaging and packaging materials that qualify the plant as an internationally recognized mark of quality, safety, and responsibility.
According to Pfundner, the new side-gusseting device will enable Mondi to provide converters with tubes up 4,400 mm in total circumference. A special HEPA air filter will clean the air within the blown-film bubble to remove bacteria and particulates, yielding nearly sterile conditions.
Pfundner, commented, “Ensuring appropriate levels of hygiene during production and packaging is vital for suppliers of foods and other products. Due to our well-established relationships with some of the leading multinational brands, as well as with the leading producers of such demanding products, we decided to extend our bulk-packaging portfolio by adding production in Styria of high-barrier, side-gusseted tubes.”