Copolyester films address needs of healthcare packaging

Tekni-Films (Wayne, PA), a Tekni-Plex company, continues to develop materials that address the emerging needs of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.  An example is the company’s copolyester film series.

“The series offers grades that provide a cost effective alternative to PETG for thermoformed medical tray packaging without any tooling modifications,” says Steve Penn, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tekni-Plex. “The copolyester film line also helps support sustainability initiatives without sacrificing performance or adding cost to the bottom line.”

Penn notes that copolyester films have a wide temperature operating window which allows heaters to be set at lower temperatures (vs. PETG) to minimize energy costs.  “Alternatively, heaters can be set higher to achieve faster cycle times for increased throughput,” he adds.

The films can be sterilized with ETO, electron beam or gamma radiation methods. The line offers properties equivalent to PETG including impact resistance, tensile and elongation along with what Penn calls “exceptional clarity and excellent processability and forming.”

Pharmaceutical packaging a balancing act 

Thermoform materials for healthcare from Tekni-Films.On the pharmaceutical side, complex drug formulations that require protection against moisture and oxygen are now becoming more common.

“Pharma companies are tasked with balancing the need to deliver packaging formats that meet both shelf-life requirements and patient needs,” explains Penn. “Our copolyester film delivers those attributes and are also an ideal alternative to PVC to help companies address environmental initiatives.”

These materials will be on display at Medical Design & Manufacturing West (Feb. 7-9, 2017, in Anaheim, CA) in booth #2027. Tekni-Films also will be displaying at its ultra-high barrier PVDC coating and a wide variety of other multilayer packaging structures that deliver the stringent oxygen and water vapor barrier properties necessary to protect pharmaceutical and medical device products.

These films offers a moisture barrier equivalent to high barrier grades of Aclar while also providing the added benefit of being a superior oxygen barrier. They are made with a high crystalline PVdC dispersion utilizing a proprietary coating process that promotes excellent processability and forming.

Also, Tekni-Plex’s Colorite business unit will be exhibiting its Cellene TPE compounds are suitable for a wide variety of uses in medical devices, packaging and other regulated markets.

For more in-depth details on the company's materials for these markets, see Tekni-Films highlights new packaging films at MD&M West, published Feb.2 at

Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M West) is co-located with PLASTEC West and WestPack Feb. 7 to 9, 2017 in Anaheim, CA. For more information and to register to attend, visit the PLASTEC West website where one registration provides access to the entire all-in-one trade show.

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