What is IML (In-Mold Labeling) ?
It is the preferred decorating technique for leading brands in categories such as: Laundry & Home Care, Mustard, Ketchup, Vegetable Oils, Motor Oil, Shampoos … The IML technology is lean and efficient: the label is placed in the open mold and becomes an integral part of the container after blow molding. There is no extra step and energy wasted to fix the label, thus limiting GHG emissions. The bottle is ready to be filled, sealed, packed and shipped without the labeling bottle neck. IML simply requires the extrusion blow molding machines to be equipped with a robotic arm, usually available or simple to install. It is highly cost efficient.
View the IML blow molding process on a shuttle machine
Eco-friendly labeling technology
IML is probably the most sustainable labeling technology for fast moving consumer goods bottles. It allows:
- Bottle weight reduction
- 100% HDPE mono-component bottles to make recycling easier and increase PCR resin availability
- No glue residues that disturb recycling process.
- No silicone release liner waste to landfill
- Best greenhouse gas emission, low water consumption and non-renewable energy use
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