ExxonMobil and Thanh Phu, a leading Vietnamese manufacturer of flexible packaging, have collaborated to push the boundaries for a 100 percent polyethylene (PE) solution to address the market's demand for a more recyclable solution for laminated packaging.
Recycling of laminated packaging has been a long-standing challenge for the packaging industry because of the mix of materials that make up its structure. The cost and effort required to separate the polyolefin layer from its laminates, like polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamide (PA), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) or oriented polypropylene (OPP), are complex and is an issue for packaging recycling companies.
The ability to replace conventional laminated packaging with packaging that can be recycled will allow the industry to take a significant step towards developing solutions with more benefits that consumers are demanding.
"Our collaboration with Thanh Phu has resulted in a solution for a laminated flexible package that can be recycled in the same collection stream as PE by using our Exceed™ XP when eXtreme Performance matters --, Exceed™ and Enable™ performance polymers and their proprietary film conversion technology," said Haridass Kalidas, Asia Pacific performance polyethylene marketing manager, ExxonMobil Chemical.
Flexible films with outstanding mechanical properties and superior optics, such as high gloss and transparency, with good thickness variation control are possible with these polymers, compared to conventional polyethylene films.
"This is a true synergy between material science and conversion technology innovation. We have changed the cradle-to-grave cycle into a more responsible cradle-to-cradle concept," said Alex Dam, executive vice president, Thanh Phu. "Our aim is to have a full PE alternative to conventional laminated solutions without compromising performance, while maintaining an attractive cost-efficiency ratio."
About Thanh Phu
Thanh Phu Plastic Packaging Co., Ltd., located in Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam is a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging, especially for food and hygiene, serving key global brand owners in the Asia Pacific region. Founded in 1992, Thanh Phu has grown from 20 to 450 employees over the past 20 years. As a privately owned integrated flexible packaging supplier with state-of-the-art film converting technology, Thanh Phu is committed to be a recognized technology leader in the packaging industry. Thanh Phu's vision is to value-add and differentiate with service and develop solutions to address the future needs of flexible packaging. For more information, visit http://www.thanhphupack.com/about.html
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