Plastic compound helps packagers downgauge

By Ahmed ElAmin

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A new plastic compound produces a thinner food package, allowing
processors to downgauge and cut costs, according to its
manufacturer.

Downgauging helps food processors use less plastic material, a key savings at a time when the rising price of oil has sent polymer costs soaring.

Denmark-based Borealis said its RJ470MO plastic provides a transparent, thin wall packaging which meets the demands for improved product visibility, lighter weight but stronger packaging and better stackability.

The RJ470MO can be used as a replacement for standard random copolymers and offers the possibility to downgauge and lower part weight, as well as increase output.

The fast crystallisation of RJ470MO allows moulders to reduce cycle times by as much as 10 per cent when compared with standard polypropylene, the company stated.

"The RJ470MO solution offers the well-established properties of polypropylene random copolymers, such as stiffness, impact performance and low density and a new route to greater productivity,"​ the company stated.

RJ470MO has a fluidity melt flow rate (MFR) of 70, allowing it to be processed faster.

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