Leading-Edge Rigid Plastic Designs Address Trends
Milliken & Company (milliken.com) will feature its expansive portfolio of plastic packaging solutions at PACK EXPO. The materials meet consumer demand for packaging that conveys clarity and quality, contributes to a healthier planet and enables innovative designs.
Milliken will be spotlighting various technologies for polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging, such as the NX UltraClear PP, the first plastic to combine glass-like clarity for improved aesthetics with heat resistance for hot-fill capability and microwaveability. It is ideal for fresh-to-go food packaging in cold or hot applications.For laundry care and personal care packaging, NX UltraClear PP allows consumers to see how much product they are using, which reduces waste.
By using Milliken’s UltraGuard Solutions for PE, brands can reduce the amount of plastic usage by up to 30 percent without sacrificing oxygen or moisture barrier properties. Products that require barrier protection, such as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and nutritional drinks, can be packaged in thinner bottles that are made with this Milliken technology. UltraGuard Solutions can also be used to streamline the design of caps and closures while maintaining desired protection.
Microwaveable food packaging made with NX UltraClear PP avoids the need to use multiple containers, as consumers can heat, eat and reheat food in the same package in which it was purchased. This helps to control the amount of single-use packaging disposal and encourages a longer life cycle for the plastic.
Finally, faster processing with UltraFast Solutions can reduce energy use, while higher part quality and consistency delivered by UltraBalance Solutions minimize plastic scrap and waste.
Milliken’s ClearShield UV absorber is another example of a technology that contributes to design innovation in packaging. It helps to improve product shelf life while supporting the “clean label” movement by enhancing the barrier properties of the packaging to help avoid incorporating additives in the product itself. At Pack Expo, Milliken will display various products in PET packages with and without ClearShield absorbers to demonstrate protection vs. degradation under UV exposure.
The company will also be exhibiting a variety of high-performance, highly aesthetic packaging solutions that use its other materials. These will range from shampoo, detergent and personal care bottles, to different types of food storage containers, pharmaceutical bottles, and caps and closures. Milliken will also be displaying five-gallon pails produced with its UltraFast Solution.
Visit Milliken & Co. at booth E-8644 during PACK EXPO International (McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 14-17, 2018).