Sabic’s new packaging solutions minimize food wastage, lower carbon footprint

Sabic’s new packaging solutions to minimize food wastage, lower carbon footprint

9:16 AM, 23rd June 2016
Sabic’s new packaging solutions to minimize food wastage, lower carbon footprint
Sabic continues to take a pro-active role in the industry by improving the purity, organoleptic properties and cleanliness of resins used in PET and food packaging.

SITTARD, THE NETHERLANDS: Sabic said it will launch new products and technologies with a strong focus on sustainability and an underlying theme of “Chemistry that Matters,” highlighting a number of packaging solutions that address the challenges of the packaging industry.

The new packing solutions will –

Reduce Loss and Increase Efficiency

Sabic’s multilayer and polymer blend technologies may help manufacturers to reduce transport losses, optimize protection of goods, and maximize pallet stability by increasing the holding force of collation shrink and stretch films used to protect food packaging, while also making those films stronger.

The unique combination of Sabic polyolefin building blocks also continuously may enable improvements in efficiency during production.

Sabic technology may also reduce the environmental impact of packaging by enabling down gauging that can reduce thicknesses by up to 20 percent compared to current film concepts. Thinner products reduce plastic consumption and allow for higher processing speeds.

Reducing Food Waste

Sabic’s flexible packaging solutions already significantly contribute to minimizing food waste. The dedicated Sabic PE/PP resins are essential in building advanced, multilayer barrier film concepts that provide longer shelf life of fresh and chilled food, cheese and meat.

Lighter Weight Packaging

Reducing packaging weight remains key and is facilitated by using Sabic’s solutions in flexible pouches for both food and non-food applications. Leveraging the extended Sabic PE/PP portfolio in pouches may enable further improvements in stiffness, sealing performance and retortability.

The new Sabic PP FLOWPACT product family, especially the very high MFI grades, are formulated to help for thin-wall food packaging applications where a good balance of high stiffness and high flow is required:

  • Enabling down gauging, thereby reducing packaging waste
  • High flow and fast crystallization generates shorter cycle times, thus lowering production costs

New Sabic LDPE film grade, is a new product from Sabic for manufacturing very thin-gauge packaging.

  • Offers excellent draw-down ability, running stable at a film thickness as low as 12 μm, using less raw material and enabling higher production line speed
  • Typically used in both mono and coex films and is available as a certified renewable grade
  • Provides full compliance with stringent food-contact regulations for a broad range of applications with both fatty and non-fatty foods

Safer Packaging

Sabic continues to take a pro-active role in the industry by improving the purity, organoleptic properties and cleanliness of resins used in PET and food packaging:

  • Introduction of new product stabilizers in advanced LLDPE resins
  • Introduction of phthalate-free PP solutions, co-developed with international companies in the UAE and Europe
  • Unique additive-free LDPE product family (with no migration into food) 

Advanced 5-layer barrier film structures are another new product from Sabic for applications in meat packaging by using blown film technology. The use of high-purity Sabic LLDPE 218BE and LDPE resins was crucial to achieve improved draw ability and cleaner operations, with fewer deposits.

Maintaining water purity with Sabic HDPE CC860V grade for Caps & Closures for still water

  • Rated highly amongst available grades, it is now being used by leading OEM brand owners
  • Provides excellent organoleptic properties that are important in preserving taste and odor
  • Complies with new food-contact directives regarding product safety and purity

Sabic’s new range of PP copolymer cast films may offer extra protection with high puncture and tear resistance, excellent sealability, eye-catching optics, and compliance with food regulations.

Sustainability

Sabic offers both renewable polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) resins that are based on renewable feedstock sources. Sabic’s ISCC Plus-accredited renewable polyolefins help our customers meet increased regulatory demands. Unlike other products on the market, these new materials from Sabic are created using waste fats and oils and they use feedstock that is not in direct competition with the food chain. From sourcing to final production, Sabic’s renewable PE and PP require 84 percent less fossil fuel to manufacture than fossil-based polyolefins, and are fully recyclable. This enables companies to reduce collective carbon footprint.

Superior Performance – Polyethylene with the Nexlene Process Technology

Sabic produces its new C8 mPE, POP and POE products using Nexlene technology – a cutting-edge technology that combines a solution process and a proprietary metallocene catalyst. The packaging industry will benefit from this new Sabic product family with state-of-the-art molecular design – Bimodal Solution Process with Octene co-monomer – for the manufacture of flexible (food) packaging and wrapping materials that deliver high-performance properties such as:

  • Outstanding processability: may enhance bubble stability, lower motor load and extrusion pressure
  • Superior mechanical performance: may improve tear resistance, excellent puncture and dart impact resistance and tensile strength
  • Outstanding sealing property: may lower sealing initiation temperature (SIT) that enables faster packaging speed
  • Excellent optics with high clarity and very low haze
  • Superb hygienic properties with low extractables and outstanding organoleptics 

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