Industry first – high temperature certification of printed ovenable films

ovenable-resizeTCL Packaging achieves industry first with high temperature certification of printed ovenable films

New printed ovenable films from TCL Packaging are the first in the UK to have been successfully tested to 220°C, 450°F Gas 7 with Smithers Pira

Managing director Mike Golding explains: “We decided to extend the test boundaries after we became concerned that not all printed ovenable films on the market are verified. We are thrilled with the results for our new films and believe ours are the only films to have tested comprehensively and safely at these higher temperatures.

“It’s vital that retailers are able to add cooking instructions to their products with complete confidence in film performance and food safety.  At TCL we wanted to be sure no harmful molecular breakdown will occur at high temperatures and our PET printed laminate films are the first to certify to 220°C, with mono layer at 200°C.

“As the only company to have achieved these results, we cannot answer for any food safety concerns there might be on packaging tested to lower temperatures. However, every ovenable and microwaveable film purchased should be backed up by an appropriate test certificate and technical report and we urge buyers to request this documentation”

TCL’s new films use special ovenable inks that produce high-definition, high-quality print using the full range of process colours. They are used for ready-meal lidding, flow- wrapping, cooking pouches and roasting bags for higher temperatures


The film performance has received full certification from test authority Smithers Pira and exceeds requirements of current EU Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. This covers chemical migration from all materials and articles in contact with food.

The technical team at TCL Packaging led by board director Markus Jarvstrom has long been committed to developing safe and effective printed packaging films.  The development and testing process of the new films took over eighteen months and significant investment to achieve the results stated above with UK testing authority Smithers Pira

The company was established in 1999 in Telford. Its printed films are used on many leading consumer brands and retail supermarket products. TCL Packaging is three times winner of an EFTA print award.

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