Public Release:  VTT's film surface modification technology goes global in the printed intelligence sector

New features for consumer products with eye-catching, communicative and ecological packaging

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

A cost-effective, sustainable solution for producing flexible film with no metal, extra lacquers or lamination has been introduced by Iscent, a Finnish start-up company based on technology from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The film surface modification technology enables the production of holograph-like images for plastic and fibre-based film materials. Iscent's new extra-wide production line enables large-volume production of new kinds of products with minimised raw material costs.

At the end of 2012, Iscent made a significant investment in a wide web (1,200 mm) roll-to-roll production line that uses the film surface modification technology. The wider line offers many interesting opportunities for printing, but is especially developed to meet the needs of new consumer package solutions, such as wrappings, flexible packages and labels. Commercial holograms in the printing industry are often printed on narrow-web lines; this makes the new production line very competitive.

The wider processing line can be installed easily, either as a part of the traditional printing line or working alongside it. The production speed meets the requirements of traditional printing lines, and tailored extra effects can be produced directly on to the surfaces of flexible films and papers.

Iscent plans to go global, with several technology package deals and production sites anticipated in packaging and printing houses within the next few years. The focus markets are Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan.

Applications from self-cleaning surfaces to brand protection

The film surface modification technology is applicable in a wide range of markets. The technology is particularly expected to fire up global brand owners looking for additional effects for their products or better methods against counterfeits. Being free of additional material, the process is also suitable for food packaging applications. Other applications can be found in microfluidics, in-mould plastic inserts and decorative interior products. Future products being planned include micro- and nano-level surface modifications to create tailored, decorative, tactile and self-cleaning surfaces for consumer products.

The holographic appearance can be produced ecologically - an important consideration for many consumers and manufacturers nowadays. The new technology offers products a new edge, with light-scattering effects produced without the traditional cost-consuming varnishes and metals.

Film surface modification technology is a satisfying example of the impact of VTT innovation on packaging development, and reinforces the valuable link between quality research and commercial development.

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Find Iscent at Convertech JAPAN 2013 Tokyo, 30 January - 1 February 2013.

Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, East Exhibition Hall 2, booth 2B-22 www.convertechjapan.com/en2013

Find VTT at Nanotech 2013 Tokyo, 30 January - 1 February 2013.

Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, East Exhibition Hall 5, booth 5M-28 http://www.nanotechexpo.jp/en/

Media material:http://www.vtt.fi/news/2013/18012013_iscent.jsp?lang=en

Additional information:

Raimo Korhonen
Technology Manager, VTT
+358 20 722 3044, raimo.korhonen@vtt.fi
Eero Hurme
Manager, Sales and Marketing, Iscent
+358 40 525 7426, eero.hurme@iscent.fi

Further information on VTT:

Sakari Sohlberg, Manager, External Communications
Tel. 358 20 722 6744
sakari.sohlberg@vtt.fi
www.vtt.fi

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a leading multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT creates new technology and science-based innovations in co-operation with domestic and foreign partners. VTT's turnover is EUR 290 million and its personnel totals 3,100.

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