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Plastic Packaging

In the packaging sector, plastics are by far the most commonly employed material. That has good reasons: after all, they are inexpensive and lightweight. In addition, they satisfy the increasingly demanding requirements regarding safety, quality and ease of handling.

Carrier bag made from Ecovio
copolyester/PLA compound (Photo: BASF)

Carrier bag made from Ecovio
copolyester/PLA compound (Photo: BASF)

This dossier contains technical information on current trends in the field of plastic packaging.

32 Topic of article Plastic Packaging
  • How Many Layers Are Enough?
    Kunststoffe international 2017/10, PAGE 71 - 75

    How Many Layers Are Enough?

    Properties of Multi-Layer Stretch Films Compared

    Ever since pallet stretch wrap was introduced, the number of layers in high-performance films has been steadily rising. But how many layers...   more

  • Focusing on Flexibles
    Kunststoffe international 2017/08, PAGE 10 - 12

    Focusing on Flexibles

    An Initiative Aims to Prevent Multi-Layer Packaging from Becoming Waste

    Flexible films are extremely light-weight, easy to decorate, and are, therefore, often the first choice for packaging material. However,...   more

  • Double-Layer Operation
    Kunststoffe international 2017/08, PAGE 17 - 19

    Double-Layer Operation

    Optimized Overmolding Process Ensures Low Unit Costs for Milk Packaging

    The Swiss injection molding machine manufacturer Netstal will produce double-layer barrier preforms for milk bottles and their 38 mm...   more

  • Plastics Loop Closed
    Kunststoffe international 2016/10, PAGE 141 - 143

    Plastics Loop Closed

    Key Elements of Recycling Live at the K 2016

    For the first time in history of the K trade fair, plastic waste recycling will take place on site – in part with the plastic waste...   more

  • Consistent Film Quality
    Kunststoffe international 2016/10, PAGE 136 - 140

    Consistent Film Quality

    Inline Monitoring of Process Limits Ensures Quality Parameters

    Because of tighter legislation regarding the securing of loads, the market for stretch wrap film is changing. As with barrier films,...   more

  • Calculation Reaps Benefits
    Kunststoffe international 2016/06-07, PAGE 48 - 50

    Calculation Reaps Benefits

    When Production Efficiency of Cube Molds Reduces Unit Costs

    Decisive for efficient production is that the manufacturing process is continuously reviewed and developed further. In order to identify...   more

  • Trends, Sustainability, Acceptance
    Kunststoffe international 2015/11, PAGE 49 - 51

    Trends, Sustainability, Acceptance

    Challenges for Plastic Packaging

    Innovative developments in food packaging are taking place continuously. However, these developments are little noticed by consumers whose...   more

  • Modified Atmosphere Packaging
    Kunststoffe international 2015/08, PAGE 18 - 22

    Modified Atmosphere Packaging

    Potential Cost Savings for Plastic Food Packaging

    Plastic food packaging must be acceptably priced for the industry and must guarantee effective protection of the food products. A market...   more

  • Controlled Dynamics for  Thin-Wall Injection Molding
    Kunststoffe international 2015/08, PAGE 34 - 36

    Controlled Dynamics for Thin-Wall Injection Molding

    Powerful and Precise: Hydraulic Screw Drive with Two-Valve Technology

    For thin-wall injection molding, precision, dynamism, and speed are the key factors for efficient production. An innovative hydraulic drive...   more

    We offer you this article for download free of charge with the kind assistance of KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG

  • Rearrangement in the Mold
    Kunststoffe international 2015/05, PAGE 27 - 28

    Rearrangement in the Mold

    Sophisticated Solution from Beck Automation Reduces Opening Stroke for IML Applications

    Beck Automation invented a new system to label plastics parts that is pending patent approval. Its special twist is the option of using a...   more

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
    Kunststoffe international 2014/10, PAGE 45 - 47

    Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

    The Eco-Friendly Packaging Polymer

    PET commands a large market share and possesses good barrier properties. This engineering polymer is already being made in some cases from...   more

  • Picture: High Productivity Thanks to Ultrasonic Riveting
    Kunststoffe international 2014/05, PAGE 19 - 20

    Reclosable: High Productivity Thanks to Ultrasonic Riveting

    A newly developed plastic lid mechanism allows opened beverage cans to be reclosed. Ultrasonic technology is used to join the plastic parts...   more

  • Picture: Invisible Barrier Features
    Kunststoffe international 2012/07, PAGE 6 - 11

    Plastics Film Production: Invisible Barrier Features

    Oriented films started their successful career in the 1960s. They turned out to be extremely versatile with path-breaking barrier...   more

  • Picture: System Options for Wafer-Thin Protection
    Kunststoffe international 2012/07, PAGE 45 - 48

    Film Production: System Options for Wafer-Thin Protection

    A machine manufacturer is expanding its wide program of cast and blown film lines with a system for water-quenched blown film extrusion....   more

  • Picture: Closed Event
    Kunststoffe international 2012/06, PAGE 44 - 45

    Complete System for Bottle Closures: Closed Event

    At Chinaplas 2012, Husky, a Canadian maker of injection molding machines, molds and hot runners, unveiled a turn-key high-performance...   more

  • Picture: Packagings Doing the Balancing Act
    Kunststoffe international 2011/05, PAGE 8 - 14

    Trend Report: Packagings Doing the Balancing Act

    The packaging industry is facing new challenges. The beautiful covers are expected to be thinner and thinner, while fulfilling more and...   more

  • Picture: Biopolymers as a Sustainable Alternative?
    Kunststoffe international 2011/05, PAGE 15 - 20

    Packaging Materials: Biopolymers as a Sustainable Alternative?

    As natural materials biopolymers are expected to solve the disposal problems of current plastic packaging. But can they really do this with...   more

  • Picture: More Flexural Strength for Thin Films
    Kunststoffe international 2011/05, PAGE 21 - 24

    Multi-layer Packaging Films: More Flexural Strength for Thin Films

    With the help of a computer simulation it is possible to visualize the effects of the targeted positioning of functional materials and...   more

  • Picture: Wafer-Thin Layers for Giant Tasks
    Kunststoffe international 2011/05, PAGE 25 - 28

    Cast Film Extrusion: Wafer-Thin Layers for Giant Tasks

    The cast film technology is frequently a cost-effective method for the production of high-quality films. The fields of application are...   more

  • Picture: Shelf-Ready Trays in Corn Starch
    Kunststoffe international 2010/08, PAGE 57 - 58

    Biopolymers: Shelf-Ready Trays in Corn Starch

    The use of biopolymers has been a key topic in the packaging industry for some time now. Material producers are called upon to supply...   more

  • Picture: Three-Dimensional Coating of Containers
    Kunststoffe international 2010/07, PAGE 30 - 31

    Barrier Packaging: Three-Dimensional Coating of Containers

    Application of a plasma coating composed of inorganic substances yields a barrier layer some 50 nm thick. The coating diminishes the...   more

  • Picture: Flat Sheet from PET Bottles
    Kunststoffe international 2009/12, PAGE 35 - 36

    Direct Processing: Flat Sheet from PET Bottles

    An Austrian manufacturer of plastics recycling systems has chalked up above-average growth in the field of in-line sheet technology. PET...   more

  • Picture: Packaging with Ultrasonics
    Kunststoffe international 2009/08, PAGE 36 - 39

    Sealing: Packaging with Ultrasonics

    Ultrasonic sealing is a reliable and economical alternative to typical contact heat sealing. Narrow seams, tight seals in spite of product...   more

    We offer you this article for download free of charge with the kind assistance of Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co.KG .

  • Picture: Upright in the Biggest Crowd
    Kunststoffe international 2009/06, PAGE 24 - 25

    Bottle Conveyance: Upright in the Biggest Crowd

    Operators of stretch blow molding machines utilize various types of conveyor belts. The belts have to fulfill conditions that vary from one...   more

  • Picture: Passes the Tensile Test
    Kunststoffe international 2009/02, PAGE 33 - 36

    Strapping Band from Flake: Passes the Tensile Test

    The new Vacurema inline strapping technology is tailored for processing PET bottle flake into high-strength PET strapping in a single step....   more

  • Picture: Flexible Extrusion Technology
    Kunststoffe international 2008/12, PAGE 8 - 13

    Trend Report: Flexible Extrusion Technology

    The trend towards reduced stockholding and the wish for immediate delivery of small quantities are increasing demand for flexible...   more

  • Picture: PET in Beverage Packaging
    Kunststoffe international 2008/10, PAGE 106 - 109

    Glass Substitution: PET in Beverage Packaging

    PET packaging continues to show a steady growth trend. Disposable bottles for mineral water and soft drinks are making an important...   more

  • Picture: Economical Blow Molding
    Kunststoffe international 2008/09, PAGE 73 - 76

    Multimodal PE-HD: Economical Blow Molding

    Even decades after the discovery of low-pressure polymerization, development of polyolefins continues unabated. New methods for producing...   more

  • Picture: Bio – What Else?
    Kunststoffe international 2008/08, PAGE 16 - 19

    Bio-packaging: Bio – What Else?

    Even though bioplastics account for less than 1% of the packaging market, they are an inherent segment of the packaging industry (and other...   more

  • Picture: Bright Prospects
    Kunststoffe international 2008/04, PAGE 68 - 70

    On the Spot: Bright Prospects

    From its base in the Bavarian town of Saulgrub-Altenau Gaplast GmbH is expanding on the back of clever ideas for dosing high value raw...   more

  • Picture: Tomorrow’s Packaging
    Kunststoffe international 2007/12, PAGE 72 - 74

    Trend Report: Tomorrow’s Packaging

    The key trends in the food market – health, quality, convenience and safety – will continue to determine what types of packaging are used...   more

  • Picture: Flexible Production of Food Packaging
    Kunststoffe international 2007/11, PAGE 10 - 11

    Stack Molds with Interchangeable Inserts: Flexible Production of Food Packaging

    Thin-walled food packaging presents severe challenges to moldmakers. A newly designed 2x4 cavity stack mold for containers is modular in...   more

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