Ampac Introduces Flexi FoilFree HB Ultra High Barrier Film

October 22, 2014

Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, introduces Flexi FoilFree HB, a new ultra high barrier film technology that when incorporated in a laminate can achieve moisture, oxygen and vapor barrier properties approaching aluminum foil laminates without the use of foil.

Ampac’s Flexi FoilFree HB barrier laminates provide excellent product performance characteristics compared to traditional thin gauge foil materials. Flex-crack and puncture resistance properties are significantly improved in Flexi FoilFree HB composites when used in place of foil, while also providing easier “tear open” properties over foil based substrates. Flexi FoilFree HB barrier laminates provide a more sustainable alternative to foil based materials. Packaging has improved yield and is lighter weight versus comparable foil substrates, yielding lower greenhouse gases and requiring less energy consumption in manufacturing and distribution. Laminates utilizing Flexi FoilFree HB barrier film also have the look and feel customers’ demand from their packaging, without compromising package or product integrity. Packaging produced with Flexi FoilFree HB film retains its defined appearance even after processing and handling, eliminating the shop-worn appearance that is typical with foil based packaging.

Another strong benefit of the film laminate is its economical cost when compared to aluminum foil based composites. A two or three-ply Flexi FoilFree HB composite will provide comparable O2 and WVTR barrier properties to more traditional three and four-ply foil based laminates, realizing improved material cost. The ultra high barrier laminates provide improved barrier over typical metallized barrier films. Packaging applications for Flexi FoilFree HB barrier film are numerous in the healthcare, food, and industrial markets. Ampac’s Flexi FoilFree HB film is an excellent packaging solution for any product where high oxygen and/or moisture barrier requirements are critical for maintaining the efficacy and shelf life of the product. Applications for the healthcare market include the diagnostics, drug delivery, biotech and medical device markets. Flexi FoilFree HB laminates have successfully replaced 3 and 4-ply foil laminates in the food sector, packaging both dry and liquid food products such as cake mixes, powdered soups, dips, gravies and liquid cheese sauce.

According to Dave Bartish Ampac’s Vice President of Marketing, “Flexi FoilFree HB based laminates provide an excellent alternative to more costly aluminum foil composites, with the added benefits of increased puncture and flex crack resistance, as well as improved package appearance and sustainability. Ampac is proud to launch this ultra high barrier film in the marketplace to offer a lower cost alternative to current standards in foil based laminates.”


Ampac drives packaging transformation and performance by creating packages that are more innovative, progressive and dynamic than those used by competitive brands. Ampac’s comprehensive approach to packaging is a balance of rigorous, technology-driven thinking and exceptional creativity. It is a diversified global packaging company with 13 manufacturing centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit Ampac’s website at:

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