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Dow develops new family of resins to offer enhanced performance characteristics in flexible packaging

Source: L&L reports

Dow Chemical’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business unit has introduced Innate, a new family of resins formulated to offer ‘unprecedented performance levels’ to help customers address some of today’s most challenging packaging performance gaps.

Created from a patented molecular catalyst coupled with advanced process technology, Innate resins offer improved stiffness-toughness balance, processing and sustainability profiles, the company claimed. It added that it is intended for Innate resins to help define new market spaces and create new categories for everything from flexible food packaging to heavy-duty industrial shipping sacks. For instance, it is said by the company that co-extruded films manufactured using Innate resins will have up to twice the abuse resistance when compared to tested standard polyethylene resins on the market, plus film toughness without compromising stiffness and other key properties. Bubble stability makes for easier processing. Further, it is claimed that Innate resins improve product sustainability profiles due to lightweighting potential and offer opportunities for new packaging efficiencies through material substitution.

According to David Parrillo, global research and development director at Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, the chemistry of Innate resins allows customers to control properties to create a new standard of performance through a combination of film stiffness, toughness and processability, all from one packaging resin.

‘Innate resins were developed as a result of many discussions with converters and brand owners and careful analysis of the market trends,’ said Diego Donoso, business president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

‘Innate precision packaging resins were born from a breakthrough, patented catalyst and process technology and gives brand owners, retailers and converters what they’re demanding,’ added Nestor de Mattos, marketing director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. ‘The ability to create precision combinations that deliver high performing food, consumer and industrial packages.’

‘We’re excited about what Innate will enable in future packaging design,’ continued Donoso.