Triflex, sustainable films coextruded with Triple Bubble® line

date 2 February 2024

ITP presents the innovative Triflex coextruded films, created with a unique production system in Italy, and sets the new era of food packaging: thinner, lighter films with a reduced carbon footprint.

Triple Bubble® extrusion is a cutting-edge technology that can guarantee a series of advantages to the Triflex films produced by ITP:

  • Reduced thicknesses
  • Excellent mechanics in both directions
  • Excellent optics
  • Controlled heat shrinkage

Why pack food with Triflex?

Choosing coextruded films from the Triflex line means ensuring the highest quality available on the market, thanks to the advanced technology and know-how matured by ITP over 50 years in the field of plastic film production using the blown film extrusion system.

Triple Bubble® production gives the new Triflex films three main strengths:

MONOFILM

Triflex films are coextruded, so they do not have to be laminated to acquire special mechanical and functional characteristics.

LIGHT

The 25% reduced thickness compared to laminated films makes Triflex products lighter and reduces their bulk.

BRILLIANT

The three-bubble extrusion makes Triflex film extremely bright, for optimal performance in food packaging.

Triflex films are sustainable both ecologically and economically, because they eliminate the lamination step; the reduction in film thickness results in lower material consumption and therefore a reduction in the carbon footprint. There are many advantages that Triflex products bring to the customer due to their reduced thickness – and therefore reduced weight and bulk: the space required for storage by the customer is reduced; given the lower weight, transport costs are reduced as well as the environmental contribution compared to traditional film.

Triflex products are ideal for vacuum food packaging, one of the typical applications for films produced with this technology, which combines high transparency with good thermoformability and high puncture resistance.

This preservation technique extends the shelf life of sausages, meat, fish, poultry, cheese and rice and is considered the packaging of the future, in line with the need to reduce food waste.

In addition to shrink bags and top and bottom film for thermoforming, the Triflex line includes Lid film for tray tops and rice packaging.

The multiple applications of Triflex are an expression of its flexibility, which is also a founding characteristic of ITP itself: since its origins in 1972, Industria Termoplastica Pavese has aimed at fully satisfying its customers and strives, through the activities of its Research and Development laboratory, to create solutions that perfectly meet their needs in terms of performance, healthiness and quality.

All the benefits of Triflex films

25% reduced thickness

ITP film is ultra-thin while maintaining unchanged mechanical and optical properties.
In this way we reduce the input of plastic into the market.

Coextruded monofilm

Replacing the laminated film with the new coextruded Triflex film results in a thinner and lighter film, so the environmental contribution is also reduced.

No use of glues

The production line in Triple Bubble® allows the production of multilayer films using any type of polymers, avoiding glues for increased food safety.

Less storage space

The 25% reduction in thickness also brings benefits in terms of logistics, due to the reduction in space requirements.

Reduced downtime

For the same footprint, these reels count 25 percent more product, reducing interruptions to replace them.

Savings on transportation costs

A product packed with lighter packaging ensures that shipping charges for marketing are reduced.

The Triple Bubble® extrusion system

Triple Bubble® technology for the production of bi-oriented bubble films takes its name from the series arrangement of three bubbles that give the film the required prerogatives.

To house the new production line, ITP erected a purpose-built factory, which was inaugurated in June 2023 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

The machinery is about 20 meters high and 30 meters long.

Its special features:

  • Fully automated workflow (4.0): all machine parameters are recorded for SMEA/SMED traceability and analysis
  • Thickness gauges for consistent film quality
  • High cooling capacity for increased film transparency