GALACRYL® SOFT TOUCH EFFECT

For laminate tubes

Thanks to the latest manufacturing technology, laminate tubes combine the advantages of aluminum tubes and polyethylene tubes - the outstanding barrier properties of aluminum tubes meet the high-quality finishing options of polyethylene tubes. They are therefore particularly suitable for packaging in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries. A minimized weld seam supports the high-quality appearance of a laminate tube, which is also becoming increasingly popular with brand owners as a type of packaging.

LAMINATE TUBES WITH ALUMINUM BARRIER (ABL)

An aluminum barrier is usually necessary when it comes to packages for aggressive filling goods. A laminate that contains a low aluminum content in addition to its plastic components is called an ABL (Aluminum Barrier Laminate).
 

LAMINATE TUBES WITH EVOH BARRIER (PBL)

A PBL laminate (Plastic Barrier Laminate) is an aluminum-free laminate made entirely of plastic. An additional EVOH barrier (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer) is added to the PE layers to protect the filling material. These tubes impress with their dimensional stability and good recyclability.

OUR RECOMMENDATION FOR LAMINATE TUBES

GALACRYL® 89.501.14 UV-DualCure Softtouch

Our portfolio also includes effect coatings for extruded tubes. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Discover our soft touch coatings for laminate tubes and turn the tubes surface into a haptic experience

PHYSICAL-TECHNICAL DATA

  • Water-based
  • DualCure* coating Softtouch for finishing printed products (*thermal drying followed by UV curing)
  • Low migration, suitable for the exterior of food and other sensitive packaging, in compliance with legal regulations and guidelines (GMP)
  • Solids content 35.5 %
  • Flash point in degrees Celsius > 100 °C
  • Viscosity DIN 4 23°C [SRAG 2V05] 49 - 71 s
PRODUCT FEATURES
Low odor
Colorless
Light sensitive
PAINT FILM PROPERTIES
Effect varnish film Softtouch effect
Hot foil stampable
Low odor
APPLICATION METHOD
Flexographic printing
Inline
Offline

 

SOFT TOUCH

Packaging often makes the difference at the point of sale as to whether a product is purchased or not. In recent years, multisensory brand communication has become increasingly important - a purely visual approach to the customer is sometimes not enough, depending on the product. The haptics of a product complement and reinforce the visual impression and help the customer to confirm his initial visual perception with the help of further sensory impressions. Haptic effects give products a high-quality appearance and support the intuitive perception of certain product properties. Packaging with haptic effects, for example, is generally perceived as being of higher quality, more sustainable and warmer. In the cosmetics industry in particular, the soft touch effect plays an important role in promoting sales.


 

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PRINTING TECHNIQUES FOR THE FINISHING OF LAMINATE TUBES

FLEXO PRINTING / COMBINATION PRINTING
The possibilities for finishing tubes have been immensely expanded by flexo / combination printing technology. By using the basic colors CMYK, known from digital printing, as well as up to 4 additional spot colors, we are able to guarantee photorealistic print images as well as the color fastness of logos, fonts and symbols.

DIGITAL PRINT
By using the CMYK color space, we enable photo-realistic print images in digital printing without incurring printing plate costs. This is exactly what makes finishing tubes in digital printing so interesting, especially for small production volumes. Whereas conventional printing processes (flexographic, offset and screen printing) always require the production of individual printing plates for each printing ink used, digital printing does not require any plates at all. It is possible, for example, to distribute 20,000 tubes identical in size and shape over 4 different print images per (at least) 5,000 tubes.

PARTIAL COATING / SPOT COATING
With partial coating, not the entire print image, but rather individual areas of the tube are selectively coated with a glossy or matte coating. In this way, we achieve visually and haptically effective print products that turn a tube into a real eye-catcher.


 

ADVANTAGES

FOR OUR CUSTOMERS:
  • Implementation of high-quality brand owner designs
  • Technical advice regarding optimal setting of application parameters
  • No special/additional equipment necessary (processing on existing machines)
  • Worldwide availability
  • Long shelf life
  • Wide range of application possibilities

FOR THE CONSUMER:
  • High-quality packaging design
  • Pleasant haptics due to soft touch effect

SUSTAINABILITY

The trend towards replacing conventional plastic packaging - especially for cosmetics - with laminate tubes reduces the amount of raw materials required for packaging and thus makes a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint.

Unlike other packaging, tubes can be emptied almost completely. This facilitates environmentally sound recycling.

„Turn the tube surface into a haptic experience with our soft touch.”

Srecko Stjepanovic

Global Head Market Management Flexible Packaging

Download our brochure about our soft touch effect for laminate tubes and find out more about the use of GALACRYL® DualCure Softtouch coating.

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