TOPPAN to Start Indian Production of New Barrier Film

TOPPAN Inc. (TOPPAN), a TOPPAN Group company and a wholly owned subsidiary of TOPPAN Holdings Inc., and India-based TOPPAN Specialty Films Private Limited (TSF) have developed GL-SP barrier film. Particularly, it uses biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) as the substrate. The group will soon launch production and sales in India.

GL-SP is a new addition to the range of products for sustainable packaging in the TOPPAN Group’s GL BARRIER1 series of transparent vapor-deposited barrier films. Currently, this enjoys a leading share of the global market. Starting this month, TOPPAN and TSF will launch sales of GL-SP for packaging of dry contents. Specifically, focusing on markets in the Americas, Europe, India, and the ASEAN region.

Meets Increasing Demand

GL-SP is the first product from the TOPPAN Group for which stages from substrate BOPP film manufacture (resin formulation and film-forming) to barrier film (GL FILM). Production will transpire in an end-to-end process at the same location. This is likely to enable stable quality control and reductions in product development timelines, lead times, and costs.

Toppan Specialty Film plant in India

The base film used for GL-SP is BOPP, which is seeing increasing demand for use in sustainable packaging. Moreover, GL-SP can cater to the needs of a wide range of markets due to properties that include high oxygen barrier and water vapor barrier (damp-proofing) performance. This makes it ideal for the packaging of dry contents as well as transparency that allows contents to be visible and a thin form that contributes to reducing plastic consumption.


With attention focused on decarbonization and addressing the problem of plastic waste, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase. Moreover, recycling initiatives premised on mono-material packaging are accelerating around the world. Thus, many global companies announced targets for the circulation of plastic resources associated with containers and packaging and launched various efforts to achieve them.
TSF has now addressed these challenges by developing GL-SP with BOPP as the substrate. This will facilitate a shift to mono-material structures for product packaging for dry contents.


The TOPPAN Group will launch sales and sample shipments in April this year. Particularly, focusing on markets in India, the ASEAN region, and the regions of North America and Europe. Specifically, there is a high level of interest in sustainable packaging.

-2 April 2024