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Dow launches TF-BOPE film at ProPack China 2017

Published 18 July 2017

Dow's Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has introduced tenter frame biaxially oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) at ProPack China 2017 to meet commercial mass production needs.

The TF-BOPE film, which is an addition to INNATE Precision Packaging Resin family, has greater mechanical properties and material rigidity, better optical and printing performance, when compared to the traditional polyethylene (PE) film.

The new material can help in reducing film thickness by replacing BOPA (biaxially oriented polyamide) and other polymers in abuse layers used in packaging.

With its optical performance and print ability, the new material can be used directly as a printed layer of packaging. When combined with other PE functional layers, TF-BOPE can produce packaging with ALL PE structure, making it easy for recycling and increasing its sustainability quotient.

The film can also be easily torn, making it an important requirement for packaging products.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics Technical Services and Development (TS&D) Asia Pacific director Wu Chang said: "For the past decade, our regional R&D team has engaged in intensive research and made headways into the future trends of packaging market.

“We have gained insights into the challenges and finally developed this revolutionary product which breaks through the limits of traditional PE products, The launch of this innovative product showcases Dow's futuristic and cutting-edge insights, as well as our strong R&D capacity."

Presently, Dow is working in collaboration with Guangdong Decro Film New Materials and KAIDA Group to commercialise the production of TF-BOPE film used in liquid washing bag. Traditionally, liquid detergent bags have been using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and BOPA packaging materials.

TF-BOPE can replace BOPA as the interlayers of packaging and reducing the amount of packaging material, while adding strength to the bags.