Milliken showcases UltraClear PP thermoforming solutions at ALL4PACK 2016

Published on by Jennifer ABIJABER - updated on

Leading polyolefins additives supplier, Milliken, will reveal the secret to high-performance, attention-grabbing thermoformed packaging that is both resource- and cost-efficient, with a showcase of UltraClear Polypropylene (PP)-based commercial applications at its All4pack, Emballage 2016 booth 7L131.

UltraClear PP clarified with Milliken’s Millad® NX™ 8000 series sets a new clarity standard for PP that is comparable to glass-clear materials. Addressing the trend for efficiency and consumer appeal, UltraClear PP is at the forefront of delivering exceptional aesthetics and lowest weight potential for thermoforming and sheet packaging, alongside further sustainability-related benefits.

Millad NX 8000 gives PP a clarity boost that overcomes the traditional undesirable milky appearance of PP in thermoforming, thereby creating highly-attractive transparency similar to PET for sheet and thermoformed applications such as meat trays, clamshell containers and lids. UltraClear PP also offers important performance benefits such as mono-material packaging, easy seal, chemical resistance, impact resistance and heat resistance. The material’s excellent heat resistance further extends application opportunities by enabling microwaveability and hot fill capability.

Proven statistics support UltraClear PP’s productivity improvements, energy savings, low carbon footprint and cost-efficiency compared to alternative plastics. For example, at-booth samples will demonstrate its ability to offer a 17.8% weight saving compared to PET based food trays, with possibilities to produce 70 trays from 1kg of PP compared with 57 trays from 1kg of PET.

“UltraClear PP based food trays can be recycled, unlike multi-material or multi-layered PET trays which are normally not recycled and therefore end-up in landfills. Mono-material PP trays are easy to recycle and the recycled PP is suitable for use in further applications such as automotive, furniture, containers and appliances,” comments Sami T.K. Palanisami, Milliken’s marketing & sales manager plastic additives.

Following the promise of exceptional clarity for PP, at All4pack, Emballage 2016 Milliken will turn its attention to the achievement of UV protection for PET packaging. ClearShield® Colorless UV Absorbers create a new UV protection performance standard for PET that extends the shelf life of packaged materials and protects brand image for food, beverages and consumer products. Approved for food contact applications by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)*, ClearShield also overcomes the deficiencies of traditional technologies, including unwanted color, migration, bloom and plate-out.

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