Amcor wins Award for Breather Bag for medical sterilisation packaging

Published: 4-Apr-2017

Amcor Flexibles Americas won the Gold at Annual Flexible Packaging Association Awards for its medical sterilisation packaging product Fortis

Amcor Flexibles, a division of Amcor the world's largest supplier of flexible packaging, has won Gold at the Flexible Packaging Association’s Annual Achievement Awards held in March 2017, in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Awards honour packaging and converting organisations that demonstrate breakthrough technologies, printing techniques, package structures, environmental advantages and new end-uses.

Amcor Flexibles received the Gold Award in the ‘Technical Innovation’ category for Fortis – Amcor’s Breather Bags for medical sterilisation packaging.

The company's patent pending Fortis results from the innovative use of both the packaging materials and the package design (both part of the patent application).

Amcor produces the coextruded (blown film) bag material. Its in-house, multi-layer blown film equipment enables the cost-effective use of thin layers of several resins to produce a highly engineered film.

This film has both the strength, abuse resistance and the tear resistance necessary to protect medical instruments through gas sterilisation and the distribution process.

This same abuse and tear resistant bag film is engineered to be peelable using Amcor’s patented Core-Peel technology. The innovation of peelability in the bag itself eliminates the need for a peelable header strip.

“The design of Fortis’ intuitive-use header opening makes aseptic removal of contents much easier – and reduces the risk of contamination to the sterile field,” said Jesse Blake, Director of Product Excellence and Manufacturing Strategy – Amcor Flexibles Medical North America. “Fortis breather bags deliver outstanding strength, breathability and sustainability,” he added.

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