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Friday, November 13th, 2015

At the beginning of 2015  Coveris successfully installed the first industrial injection compression system as a result of joint development with consumer goods manufacturer Unilever and mold maker Plastisud.
The system features integrated in-mold label (IML) decoration for lightweight 500g Eurotubs and finds application in the spreads industry.

The system has been up and running successfully for over four months now in the Coveris Center of Excellence for IM-IML in Ravensburg, Germany. The Ravensburg plant also processes materials from Coveris divisions in other countries, for instance the 40μm in-mold labels from Coveris’ EU Food & Consumer Business Unit in
Angoulème, France. By doing so, Coveris can offer its clients a real one-stop solution: a lightweight packaging with high quality decoration up to the rim.

The new, innovative technology achieves up to 20% weight savings as a result of wall thickness decrease, while keeping the high mechanical properties of the product. As the compression technology is integrated in the mold, it runs independent on hydraulic or fully electric injection presses.
Yves Caunègre, Group Development Manager at Coveris Global Rigid, pointed out: “Our injection compression IML is a great achievement in the improvement of the established injection molding IML technology. I am confident that it will become a great success story for all parties involved in this technology development for thin wall packaging.”