Substrates

Metallizing Makeover

Celplast reinvents its business model to focus on value-added specialty films.

Biopolymers May Lead to Zero-Waste Communities

The introduction of biopolymers, combined with a growing infrastructure for composting them, may reduce the estimated 94% of all plastic consumer products that currently end up in local disposal facilities in the U.S.

Plastic Suppliers Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Plastic Suppliers has won the Flexographic Technical Assn.'s (FTA) Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Innovative Technology for its EarthFirst PLA film.

Paper's Prospects

The food market drives growth in specialty coated papers for packaging.

Plastic Suppliers Launches EarthFirst PLA film-specific Web Site

Plastic Suppliers has launched a Web site specific to its EarthFirst PLA film, designed to be an informational resource to educate people on the characteristics and uses of EarthFirst PLA film.

MACtac Supplies Stamp Material

MACtac supplied pressure-sensitive label materials for 200 million of the USPS’ 2005 holiday stamps. (mactac.com)

Examining Biocides in Plastics

The Biocides in Plastics report examines the use of biocides in plastics with reference to material types and application requirements. As well as biocidal performance, the in-process stability, migration, leachability, light, and heat stability all may be factors.

Seafood is Served

Covering a wide spectrum of applications from labels to lidding and from packaging to POP displays, today’s new materials deliver problem-solving technology to meet your needs.

First Glance

Innovative packaging from: Flexicon, Protective Packaging Corp., and The Cloth Envelope Co.

Materials

New products from: Brushfoil, Spinnaker Coating, Uvitec Printing Ink, Sun Chemical, Bayer Films Americas, Rayven, Kurz Transfer Products, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, and Toray Plastics (America).

Materials

New products from: VonSon Liquid Inks, Ashland, Scapa North America, ADM Tronics, Rock-Tenn, Day Intl., Environmental Inks and Coatings, FLEXcon, Toray Plastics (America), and Rogers.

Biodegradable Films Today

Most of us love our creature comforts, including the many items that use flexible packaging substrates. As a result, increasing amounts of plastic films and foil enter the waste stream, because no easy method is available to recycle, separate, or divert them from disposal in landfills.

Materials

New products from: Appleton, ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics Unlimited, Smart Papers, MPI Technologies, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., National Adhesives, Dow Corning Corp., and DuPont Teijin Films.

Why the Rush to BOPA?

In the past five years, the world bi-oriented polyamide (BOPA) film market has grown faster than any other oriented speciality film, but volumes are still small when compared to its leading competitors. With average growth rates of 8%/yr, world BOPA film demand is expected to reach an estimated 126,000 tons in 2004, compared to world markets for packaging grades of BOPP film of 2.5 million tons and BOPET film of 600,000 tons.

Materials

New products from:INX Intl., Sony Chemicals, Rock-Tenn, Lamart Corp., ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics, D&K Group, Coburn Graphic Films, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, and Scapa North America.

Film Opens New Markets

Since pressure-sensitive labels and tapes—and other materials such as stamps—have become more sophisticated, the market for these materials has been expanding rapidly. In such product constructions, it has been common practice to apply a release coating, typically a silicone-based material, to the paper liner from which the materials are peeled or dispensed.

A Universal Film for Flex-Pack?

Let us take the concept of universality one step further. Is there a universal film for flexible packaging? All converters and package designers know the answer to this question is a resounding no.

Materials

New material products from: Ashland, BBA Fiberweb, CYRO Industries, Dow Corning, Flint Ink, International Paper, Klöckner Pentaplast, MACtac, Novacel, Prisco, Trident, and Vinamul Polymers.

Discoloration Resistant Polyolefin Films

Application: In the film industry, a selected set of circumstances and certain types of stabilizers can lead to discoloration due to inadequate stabilizer concentrations, harsh processing conditions, improper selection of white pigments, prolonged storage in a environment containing oxides of nitrogen (pollution), and even lengthy exposure to fluorescent lighting. A new approach to the problem with “phenol free” stabilization systems can suppress post extrusion discoloration in clear and white pigmented films.

A Touch Above

With its unique supply-chain system and a commitment to taking care of customers, Raflatac delivers service that's ... A Touch Above

Breakin' Bounds in Barrier Films

According to research firm Kline and Company's comprehensive report, High-Performance Barrier Packaging Films 2004: Business Analysis and Opportunities

Materials

New from: Adhesives Research, ADM Tronics, American Profol, Dow Chemical Corp., Fasson (Avery Dennison), Metal Foils, Mohawk Paper Mills, National Adhesives, Rad-Cure Corp., Sheffield Plastics, SICPA North America, and Spinnaker Coating.

Less (Thinner) Film, More Uses

How thin is thin? Well, it depends who you talk to. Actually, if what you're talking about is film, it depends on the process and the application. Eric

New Materials for the Converting Industry, PFFC, June 2004

New material products from: Argotec, CPFilms, Klöckner Pentaplast, Sicpa NA, Techni-Met, Thin Film Analysis, and Toray Plastics.

Tekni-Films Intros Ultra-High Barrier Film for Blister and Packaging Applications

Tekni-Films says its new high-barrier themoformable film laminate, using 4 mil (100 micron) PCTFE in either Aclar or Vaposhield types, is the "world’s highest-barrier commercially available clear film for blister and packaging applications."

UV Retrofit Adds Markets

Green Printing and Packaging Co., a Lexington, NC, sub. of Chesapeake Corp., serves markets such as pharmaceutical/healthcare and technology that require

Pliant Adds Stretch Film Capacity

SCHAUMBURG, IL Pliant Corp., producer of value-added plastic films and flexible packaging products, reports it has expanded capacity to support the increasing

Praise for Recycled Paperboard

NEW YORK, NY Independent research firm Priority Metrics conducted a study on behalf of the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance. The firm held 220 phone

Fast & Flawless

Spectratek is converting thin-gauge holographic films at high speeds, thanks to new equipment from Stanford Products.

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