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The pet food market has become an area of innovation in terms of packaging, moving in recent years from cans and paper towards differentiated polymers. We have developed several innovative solutions that meet the unique and evolving needs of this market.

One of the major segments in the pet food industry is dry pet food. Keeping it dry and in optimal condition takes more than just the physical barrier of the packaging itself. Our innovative moisture-absorbing masterbatches provide fast and long-lasting protection, ensuring that moisture occurring inside the packaging is absorbed by the packaging instead of the food.

Another challenge in this type of packaging is how to seal at low temperatures and at high speed. Having identified this need, we have developed additives that are resistant to these conditions and contribute to the efficiency of the packaging process.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Oxygen Barrier

Because oxygen can cause food to deteriorate, it is crucial that the material in which food is packaged has the properties required to keep oxygen out. Whether you work on a small or large scale, producing simple or multi-layered film, our oxygen barrier additives will give your products the quality required to protect pet food and bird seed from oxidation.

Humidity Absorber

One of the major segments in the pet food industry is dry pet food. Keeping it dry and in optimal condition takes more than just the physical barrier of the packaging itself. Our innovative moisture absorbing masterbatches provide fast and long-lasting protection, ensuring that moisture occurring inside the packaging is absorbed by the packaging instead of the food.

Our Products

Slip

Slip additives make film production easier, by preventing layers of film sticking together, or sliding over each other. However, they must be used with caution. Too much slip agent can cause blooming - reducing transparency, negatively affecting the printing and slipping properties of the film and increasing the risk of low bonding strength on laminated structures. You also need to ensure that the thermal stability of the slip additives used is suitable for the relevant film process conditions. With over 20 years of experience, we can help you avoid these issues.

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Anti-Block

Polyolefin film tends to stick together when an attempt is made to separate it into two film layers. This so-called ‘blocking’ is determined by the composition and rolling tension of the film. The quantity and type of anti-blocking agent incorporated into the film to solve this issue can affect transparency, or it can adsorb migrating agents, such as anti-static, slip, or anti-fog additives, decreasing their efficiency. Using our experience, knowhow and synthetic silica (rather than the more commonly used crystalline natural), we can help you avoid these problems.

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Slip-Anti-Block

We offer you the advantage of both slip and anti-block additives in one masterbatch, so you can avoid significant adsorption of the migrating slip additives by the anti-block agents. Our range includes several grades suitable for different types of packaging processes, so you get an innovative, agile additive that meets several needs at once.

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Anti-Static

Polyolefin materials are not conductive, so they accumulate static electricity which can cause films to stick to each other or other surfaces, pick up of dust, and even sudden discharge as sparks, causing fires. Our anti-static masterbatches contain migrating molecules which migrate to the surface and attract a thin layer of water molecules from the air, which is sufficiently conductive to dissipate the charge. Our wide range of masterbatches meets different needs, making them suitable for use in a variety of relative humidity levels, from dry to high moisture.

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Antioxidant

Oxidation during extrusion can be avoided by incorporating a secondary antioxidant material, usually phosphates. Long-term aging at temperatures below melting point can be avoided by incorporating primary antioxidant, such as hindered phenols. Thanks to a game-changing additive that we have developed, we can avoid the chemical reaction that inhibits oxidation and degrades polymer chains. Taking into account steps in the extrusion process that can partially consume the added antioxidants, we can create a film recipe to ensure that there is enough antioxidant additive to last for the useful life of the film.

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Oxygen Barrier

Controlling gas diffusion has become a standard requirement of the food packaging industry. There are several ways to achieve this, such as through oxygen permeability, including coating, metallization and coex barrier, or by producing coex barrier film. Not all film producers have the in-house expertise required to achieve this. But, our powerful oxygen barriers are capable of providing an OTR of 20 cc/m2-day at a thickness of 10 microns, and can be recycled into your own layer, post-drying.

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Processing Aid

Our extensive range of Polymer Process Aid (PPA) masterbatches have been specifically designed to enhance the processability of plastics, such as PE film, pipes and tubes, to improve productivity and quality, and reduce costs.

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