Dow P&SP joins hands with Syntegon

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has partnered with Syntegon Technology (formerly Bosch Packaging) to offer fully recyclable pillow pouch packaging in India. Syntegon’s vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) packaging machines are capable of successfully handling award-winning Innate TF polyethylene resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation (TF-BOPE) to produce fully recyclable pillow pouches.

27 Mar 2021 | By WhatPackaging? Team

The collaboration aims to offer fully recyclable pillow pouch packaging in India

Compared to traditional polyethylene (PE) films, the TF-BOPE film made with Innate TF polyethylene resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation has higher mechanical properties and material rigidity, better optical and printing performance, and offers considerable sustainability advantages, including the potential for all-PE structures for recyclability.

The 1-kg capacity all-polyethylene (PE) pillow pouch is designed with Innate TF films and is made using Syntegon’s latest high-speed intermittent motion VFFS line, SVI 2600 and SVZ 1803AR.

Both machines are equipped with PHS 2.0 sealing options and can produce 60 pouches per minute. This is a significant improvement compared to the current rate of 45 p/min for all PE pouches, and timely response to an industry urgently looking for high-performance mono-material packaging with a better environmental footprint for the Indian market.

This initiative is aligned with Dow’s sustainability target to close the loop by enabling 100% of Dow products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable by 2035.

“Plastic waste is one of the most important and pressing sustainability issues of our time. Through this collaboration, we reiterate our commitment to designing products like Innate TF resins that will enable a circular economy while increasing our impact through partnerships to end plastic waste in the environment. We are proud and excited to work with like-minded partners like Syntegon to offer better and more sustainable packaging options to India, and to help reduce the amount of plastics waste entering the environment,” said Vipul Babu, commercial director for India subcontinent, Dow P&SP.

Nilesh Vedak, MD, Syntegon Technology, said, “At Syntegon, we offer intelligent and sustainable solutions to our customers, which are environmentally friendly and improve their product quality. We are happy to work with reliable partners like Dow P&SP to offer sustainable packaging solutions to our customers.”

Chandra Prasad, executive director of Syntegon India, added, “At Syntegon, we offer proven solutions in partnership with material suppliers like Dow P&SP ensuring sustainability without compromise, maintaining bag quality, production speed and right barrier to ensure shelf life.”

Properties of films made using Innate TF resins

• Excellent aesthetics, printability and optical properties as transparency and glossiness

• Up to 80% less haze compared to traditional PE films

• 2X impact strength and tensile modulus

• 3X puncture resistance and tensile strength of traditional blown PE films

• Excellent flex crack resistance, even under low temperature

• Good tearability for convenience-in-use