Milliken showcases Ultra Clear PP thermoforming solutions at IPACK-IMA 2015
March 25, 2015
- NX™ 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 G01 in Hall 14, Fieramilano, May 19-23, Milan, Italy
Ghent, Belgium – 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 PP-based commercial applications at its IPACK-IMA booth G01/Hall 14.
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 or incinerators. 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.
At IPACK-IMA 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 PP, HDPE and LLDPE. 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.
Visit Milliken at IPACK-IMA 2015 Booth G01/ Hall 14.
*All components of ClearShield® UV390B have been reviewed by the EFSA and are listed in the Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 for use in food contact plastics. Specific use guidelines can be obtained from a Milliken regulatory representative.