- Four films launched at Pack Expo in addition to four debuted at Labelexpo Americas 2012; both events took place in Chicago this autumn
- Company says launches show commitment to delivering innovative technology solutions to meet customer needs in flexible packaging and labeling
ExxonMobil Chemical is launching a range of new film technologies for different flexible packaging and labeling applications.
The films include: Metallyte 70MET-HB2 oriented polypropylene (OPP) film with enhanced barrier properties; Bicor 18MAT-S OPP film, which can reduce package weight; OPPalyte 42WOS-RH, a film that improves operations in frozen novelty food packaging; and Label-Lyte 50TD200 shrink sleeve film, which facilitates flotation separation of labels from bottles in support of PET bottle recycling where available.
The four new film products were debuted at Pack Expo in Chicago, following the launch of four for labeling introduced at Labelexpo Americas 2012, also held in Chicago this autumn.
Metallyte 70MET-HB2 is a vacuum-metallized, high-barrier OPP film that provides an excellent barrier to oxygen, moisture and light.
The film provides a 60 percent reduction in oxygen transmission rates and 65 percent reduction in water vapor transmission rates compared to typical materials currently being used.
ExxonMobil said this enhanced barrier performance is well-suited to VFFS and HFFS snack and bakery packaging applications.
Bicor 18MAT-S is a one-side matte finish, one-side treated, heat-sealable OPP film designed for use as the outer web of a lamination.
The heat sealability of Bicor 18 MAT-S film allows lap sealing of the matte finish layer to multiple co-extrusion sealant webs. This enables a finished package weight reduction of up to five percent when compared to fin seals.
The film provides a paper-like, satin appearance for differentiated packaging when reverse printed and excellent machinability in VFFS and HFFS snack and confectionery applications.
OPPalyte 42 WOS-RH film can improve operations and reduce total cost of use compared to other films and paper currently being used for frozen novelty food packaging.
It enables glossy, eye-catching package designs that attract consumers including impulse purchasers of on-the-go-treats. The film is engineered with proprietary surface technology for robust machine performance in the highly variable relative humidity (RH) conditions encountered in frozen novelty foods manufacturing facilities.
The Label-Lyte 50TD200 shrink sleeve film has been designed with a low density to facilitate flotation separation of the label from bottles in support of PET bottle-to-bottle recycling where available.
Excellent on-bottle shrinkage of up to 50 percent allows creative, full-package decoration of complex containers such as contoured plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans, aerosols and curved glass for brand differentiation.
Offering a lower density (0.9g/cc) than commonly used TD shrink materials, this 50-micron polyolefin film can also provide yield advantages.
Commitment to innovation
Laurie Cardillo, global marketing manager for the films business at ExxonMobil Chemical, said: ‘We have always been committed to delivering innovative technology solutions to meet customer needs in flexible packaging and labeling.
‘These new products are pushing forward the boundaries of what can be achieved in flexible packaging and labeling, helping our customers to grow their businesses.’
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