A.J. Plast and BASF co-develop new packaging film made from bio-based Ultramid polyamide
A.J. Plast, a film manufacturer headquartered in Thailand, has developed a sustainable biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA) alternative based on BASF’s Ultramid biomass balance PA.
The new film provides good oxygen, moisture and aroma barriers as well as good heat and chemical resistance comparable to conventional polyamide based on fossil raw materials, the company stated. Potential applications include vacuum packaging, retortable pouches, and cold form blisters for favorite foods such as sausage, cheese and curry.
“It is our pleasure to work with BASF on the development of this innovative and sustainable packaging material which is now featured in our product portfolio. The new BOPA film has the same high quality as A.J. Plast’s BOPA film standard. We are also delighted in taking part in reducing the consumption of fossil raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kittiphat Suthisamphat, Managing Director, A.J. Plast.
According to The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility 2016, 63% of consumers in Asia Pacific said that their sustainable purchase considerations are most influenced by packaging.
“With our Ultramid polyamide, it’s possible to have products with smart packaging that maintain high standards for quality, sustainability and environmental protection over traditionally-packaged options,” said Garrie Li, Vice President, Polyamides and Precursors, Monomers Asia Pacific, BASF.