March 26, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Two flexible packaging converters, Exopack LLC and Kobusch Group, have struck up an agreement with PerfoTec BV to offer packaging technology that improves the shelf life of produce.
PerfoTec, a developer of modified atmosphere packaging technology based in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands, says it has developed a system that can extend shelf life and reduce product spoilage.
According to a March 26 news release, the firm supplies specialized equipment that measures the respiration rates of fresh fruits and vegetables prior to film packaging. Software provided by the company calculates the film permeability required for optimal respiration of the packaged produce. A laser perforation system then uses that information to adapt the film permeability through precise micro perforations, and an integrated camera inspects each perforation for accurate diameter and space.
The agreement will allow Exopack and Kobusch to expand their current film offerings to fresh produce customers in North America and Europe, according to the release.
"The PerfoTec ... technology will allow us to expand our current product offerings to the produce market and provide our customers with a sustainable alternative to their current packaging methods," said Virag Patel, vide president of international strategies for Exopack, in the release.
PerfoTec will manufacture and deliver the required equipment and software to customers, as well as provide training and ongoing system support.
Exopack and Kobusch will supply those customers with film and offer ongoing product support.
Exopack, based in Spartanburg, S.C., makes flexible plastic and paper packaging for a variety of food, consumer, industrial and medical applications. The company has estimated annual film and sheet sales of $500 million, according to the most recent Plastics News ranking.
Kobusch, based in Warburg, Germany, makes custom packaging, both rigid and flexible, for the food, chemical, hygiene and medical markets. It has six manufacturing sites in Germany, Egypt and the United Kingdom.
Both converters are owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc.