Milliken to show inspiring potential of UltraClear PP for thermoformed food packaging at FachPack 2015
• UltraClear PP sheet extrusion and thermoforming solutions for food packaging with high value recycling benefits
• UV protection for polyolefins and content of products packaged in PET bottles
• Booth 642 Hall 9, September 29 – October 1, 2015, Nurnberg, Germany
Ghent, Belgium – Leading polyolefins additives supplier, Milliken, is all set to impress Europe’s packaging industry at FachPack 2015 with the exciting ability of UltraClear PP to create thermoformed food packaging that is eye-catching, high-performance and resource- and cost-efficient. Celebrating 150 years of enhancing people’s lives, Milliken will showcase applications demonstrating the full potential of UltraClear PP alongside UV protection solutions for polyolefins and PET bottles (Booth 642 Hall 9).
Visitors to the Nuremberg Exhibition Center are invited to see for themselves how 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 offers a highly-desirable set of performance and sustainability benefits for thermoformed food packaging for converters and during and post consumer use. As a mono-material solution UltraClear PP can be recycled easily, unlike multi-material or multi-layered PET alternatives. This supports a circular economy that results in end-of-life solutions in further applications, such as automotive, furniture, containers and appliances,” comments Sami T.K. Palanisami, Milliken’s Marketing & Sales Manager Plastic Additives.
At FachPack 2015 Milliken will also turn its attention to the achievement of UV protection.
For polyolefins, Milliken offers ClearTint® CUV, a transparent UV absorber specifically designed for use in polyolefins. This additive can be used to inhibit UV light transmission in injection molding, thermoforming and blow molding.
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.