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CadSeal Repatriation Foil

Alternative to zinc lined coffins


Repatriation Foil

CadSeal Repatriation Foil

Product Details

Flexmort’s CadSeal seals the deceased in a special metal containment film. CadSeal provides several benefits to those dealing with the deceased and is extensively used for repatriation as well as hygiene sealing. To see a video please see bottom of our home page (at about 2 mins 43 secs).

1. Hygiene Sealing

Decomposed bodies can make funeral directors, public mortuaries and hospitals, very unpleasant in terms of odour. Furthermore, some cadavers present an infection risk. For example, a deceased contaminated with Ebola can be sealed within CadSeal to protect hospital staff.

2. Repatriation

Historically the deceased are repatriated in zinc lined coffins which are expensive and due to their weight, freight costs are high. CadSeal only weighs 840g and is at least 18kg lighter. The CadSeal method of repatriating bodies is fully approved and detailed in the IATA Airport Handling Manual, AHM 333 (Jan 2011) which states,

“Human remains (HUM), except cremated, must be packed in a hermetically sealed inner containment which may be constructed of a flexible material or may be a rigid coffin of lead or zinc. The inner containment must then be packed inside a wooden or metal coffin.”

CadSeal has been used by UK funeral Directors to send bodies to numerous countries including Nepal, Ethiopia, Philipines, Nigeria, Ecuador, Ukraine, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon etc. This method of repatriation is also widely used by European and US Funeral Directors.

Note: Most airlines have heard about the use of CadSeal metal film as an alternative to zinc lined coffins. If not then it may be because they do not have an updated manual which since Jan 2011 has detailed the foil. Please click here for the IATA AHM 333 document and the ICAO working paper.

Easy to Use

CadSeal's Heat Sealer

CadSeal’s Heat Sealer

The deceased is placed inside the CadSeal foil envelope and the heat sealer is simply used to form a seal around the deceased.

CadSeal is:

  • Airtight and watertight
  • Tearproof and flexible
  • Easy to X-ray
  • Simple to seal
  • Quick to open

CadSeal dispenser

CadSeal Roll Dispenser

CadSeal is supplied on various size rolls so storage is simple. For larger size rolls, the Flexmort dispenser is recommended.


CadSeal can be cremated/incinerated.


Tensile strength of foil: 70/71N

Tensile strength of seal: 80N

Water vapour permeability of air 9 (40/90): 0.04 g / m²d

Temperature range: +85 ° C / -53 ° C

Oil and grease-proof: yes

Adhesion: 6-9 N / mm

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Customer Testimonials

We have had no issues with the foil and I would certainly recommend its use going forward.
We have done 55 repatriations in the last 12 months and have used the foil on every occasion bar a couple of occasions going to Italy and from memory one specific family requesting zinc. Since we purchased it we have seen many improvements operationally compared to the previous zinc inserts. Firstly time involved in preparing the coffins for repatriation and the ease on how it is to use. Secondly it can be used in any coffin or casket, something which was previously a problem, we often had occasions where we were sending coffins to our competitors to zinc line on our behalf at additional cost of time and expense. The cost to ourselves is also cheaper than products previously used and once the coffin is received in the second location opening the casket and CadSeal is much more simple and dignified than opening a sealed zinc container.
Large UK Funeral Group
We are very pleased with the CadSeal system. We have found it very easy to use and most economical compared to zinc coffins and have successfully repatriated bodies to many countries including the Philippines, Ethiopia and Nigeria. We do on average 150 in a year. Some of the ones we do to Italy & Portugal we use proper Zinc because they need viewing panels so they can see the body without opening the zinc. All in all we use foil about 120 times a year – give or take.
Steve Thomas, Haven Funeral Services
“We recently used the CadSeal system on a body which was very decomposed with maggots etc and usually a decomposing body would make our whole branch smell. We used the CadSeal system and once we heat sealed around the body there was no putrid smell at all and all leakage was kept within the CadSeal foil. This is such a simple and effective solution and we would recommend this system for anyone who deals with decomposed deceased."  
David Gauld, Funeral Services Ltd
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