Israel-based Melodea, a producer of sustainable plant-based barrier coating products, has launched VBseal, a green coating solution is resistant to water vapor, oil and aroma and which has heat-sealing properties.
VBseal is designed to line packaging and is fully recyclable; its multifunctionality means there is no need for two different passes to achieve water vapor protection and heat sealing.
The technology is free of paraformaldehyde (PFA) and bisphenol A (BPA) and is FDA and BfR-compatible, per Melodea.
The company has opened a pilot plant and innovation center to demonstrate the new solution, which is applicable to the cosmetics sector. The new site will also test out existing barrier coating products and produce coated reels and pouches at pilot scale.
In particular, the new center will serve companies across the packaging value chain in exploring sustainable barrier solutions in plastic, paper, and bioplastics.
“Packaging producers have an urgent need for a sustainable barrier coating that has both water vapor protection and heat sealable properties and can replace the commonly used plastic PE layer,” explains Cee Azerraf, Ph.D., VP sales and marketing of Melodea. “Our R&D team worked on this new product joining our existing VBcoat and, as with all of our products, it was crucial that it be recyclable and easy to apply on existing coating lines.”
“We offer our clients a location to evaluate their products using our eco-friendly solutions, with full control of the coating process,” said Shaul Lapidot, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Melodea. “We can utilize Melodea’s R&D team’s vast know-how of coatings with optimizing barrier performance, and analyze the results on site, as well as help shorten time-to-market for new products and packages.”
Lapidot added, “We are excited to work with producers of food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and agriculture products as well as packaging companies, at the new plant to help them to reach their goals."