HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2005--EVAL Company of America (EVALCA) today
announced the launch of its new KURARISTER(TM) transparent gas barrier film
for retort food packaging.
KURARISTER film delivers outstanding gas barrier
properties to meet the needs of the rapidly growing
retort packaging market. Retort packaging offers
manufacturers and consumers an appealing alternative
to metal cans, with advantages that include higher
food quality, more cost-effective shipping and superior
The new KURARISTER film features a polyester (PET)
film substrate with a coating layer based on nanotechnology.
The film delivers outstanding oxygen barrier properties
of less than 1cc/m2.day.atm, enabling packagers to
eliminate metal foil layers from retort packaging,
allowing for microwavability and improving environmental
performance. The film also offers high transparency
and retort resistance, maintaining excellent clarity
through the retort sterilization process.
Key advantages of KURARISTER film include:
-- Resistance to high-temperature pressure sterilization
at 135 degrees C for 60 minutes
-- High gas barrier after retort treatment; less
than 1 cc/m2.day.atm.
-- High transparency, before and after retort sterilization
-- Easy processing for lamination and printing
"KURARISTER film is the result of expertise accumulated
over our 30 years in the barrier resin and film businesses," says
Gary Wooddell, Director of Marketing. "By improving
gas barrier performance for the retort packaging
segment, KURARISTER film will help enhance shelf
life and food quality, supporting the market's continued
For more information on KURARISTER film or EVALCA,
please visit www.evalca.com .
About EVAL Company of America: EVALCA is a subsidiary
of Kuraray Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. EVALCA manufactures
and markets ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer
resins under the EVAL(TM) trademark. EVAL resins
are characterized by their outstanding gas barrier
properties, resistance to solvents, chemicals and
hydrocarbons and excellent barrier to odor and flavor
permeation. These unique polymers are ideally suited
for food, medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, automotive,
agricultural and industrial packaging applications.
EVALCA also markets a line of EVOH film products
that are produced by parent company, Kuraray of Japan,
and which are used in a wide variety of demanding