Danaflex-Nano

High-barier Polymer Films and Flexible Packaging Materials

Operating Factories

Shareholders in Portfolio Company 
RUSNANO, Danaflex

Industry Sector 
Nanomaterials

Production Location 
Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan
Jobs created: 600

Investment Started:  2009

Total Budget

2.45  bln rubles
Co-investment by RUSNANO
1.2  bln rubles

Production of high-barrier polymer films and flexible packaging materials derived from them

The portfolio company, which began manufacturing in 2011, produces high-barrier polymer film and flexible packaging materials based on the film. The material is designed mainly for packaging of food, household cleaning products, cosmetics, and pet food.

High-barrier flexible film is heat resistant, making it possible to process contents in hot or cold temperature regimes and to heat products in microwave ovens without unwrapping them. Barrier properties of the film prevent penetration of moisture, oil, fat, petroleum products, most household chemicals, gases, microbes, and UV radiation, maintaining the quality of the product. That and the fact that preservatives can be greatly reduced and shelf life is extended are significant competitive advantages for Danaflex-Nano’s film.

The project is being undertaken jointly with Danaflex, the Russian leader in the market for polymer film and flexible packaging prepared from it. Danaflex’s managers and shareholders have led the company to above-average growth in every year since its founding in 2001.

Areas of application

Packaging in several industries:

  • Food
  • Household cleaning products
  • Cosmetics
  • Pet food

Market

  • Producers of food, household cleaning materials, cosmetics, and pet food

Competitive advantages

  • Reduces preservatives in foodstuff
  • Extends product shelf life
  • Lowers cost and packaging weight
  • Uses environmentally-friendly, recyclable materials

Structure of polymer film with the addition of nanocomposites, particularly silicate nanoclay, that improve the barrier properties of the packaging materials

Structure of polymer film with the addition of nanocomposites

Comparison of traditional flexible packaging with packaging based on a nanocomposite

Comparison of traditional flexible packaging with packaging based on a nanocomposite

Competitive advantages of the new packaging material: 

  • Replaces traditional tin cans
  • Permits thermal processing and reheating in a microwave oven without opening the package
  • Reduces the amount of preservatives in foodstuff
  • Extends the shelf life of products
  • Simplifies the composition of packaging material
  • Reduces the production cycle from 14 days to two days
  • Lowers cost of a single package in comparison with traditional analog
  • Lowers the weight of packaging material
  • Improves the environmental parameters of the material and makes possible its recycling