Recyclable VCI moisture-barrier paper

Cortec’s USDA certified biobased product portfolio gets a new addition

EcoShield VpCI-144

EcoShield VpCI-144 is one of the latest additions to Cortec’s growing portfolio of over 30 USDA Certified Biobased Products. EcoShield VpCI-144 can now display a unique USDA label showing it contains 69% USDA certified biobased content. This is the portion of the product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. EcoShield VpCI-144 also surpasses the minimum biobased content needed to meet mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and their contractors buying corrosion preventatives under the USDA BioPreferred Program.

“We applaud Cortec Corporation for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program.” Products from Cortec Corporation are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”

EcoShield VpCI-144 is the premium moisture barrier VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) paper in the industry, providing protection against rust and corrosion on ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The product also provides resistance to grease and oil. It can be used to wrap or interleave metal products for storage or shipment. Typical applications include protection of coils, wire reels, plate, and bar, metal forgings and die castings, springs, bearings, fasteners, tubes and pipes, finished engines, machinery, equipment, tools, hardware, appliances, and motors, electrical and electronic components, controls, and PCBs.

In addition to its biobased content, EcoShield VpCI-144 demonstrates a high level of environmental responsibility due to its water-based barrier coating. Historically, polyethylene and wax coatings have been used to seal porous paper to provide a moisture barrier and/or moisture-vapor barrier. When coated this way the resulting paper product poses an environmental challenge because it cannot be recycled through normal channels. EcoShield VpCI-144 is a competitive environmentally friendly alternative because it is fully recyclable and repulpable.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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