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ExxonMobil introduces labelling and flexible packaging OPP film products

ExxonMobil Chemical Co : 08 November, 2004  (New Product)
ExxonMobil Chemical Co introduced new labelling and flexible packaging film products and technologies at Pack Expo 2004.
ExxonMobil Chemical Co introduced new labelling and flexible packaging film products and technologies at Pack Expo 2004.

The company will highlight two new oriented polypropylene (OPP) films with ultrahigh barrier and enhanced sealant technology at booth (N 3351). In addition, it will showcase recent film developments for labelling technologies with critical growth in the use of synthetics including cold-glue and in-mould technologies.

'ExxonMobil continues to invest significantly in new technologies and product development to bring our customers new packaging solutions,' said Jim Ashmore, Sales and Marketing Manager for the Films Business, Americas. 'At Pack Expo, we are showing several films with advancements that open up new markets to the benefits of OPP film.'

Featuring exceptional barrier properties combined with enhanced sealant technology, two new films from ExxonMobil help users simplify previously complicated package designs by replacing multi-web structures.

Metallyte X-28 UBW-ES is a multi-layer, cavitated white OPP film that was designed specifically to replace foil and a sealant web by combining the properties of each into one film. It is metallized on one side with a proprietary sealant layer on the other. This film provides improved barrier to flex cracking over foil. It features an enhanced sealant to provide leak-free seals. The film has an exceptional barrier to gases, flavours, moisture and light, and features a brilliant foil appearance.

Metallyte X-28 UCW-ES is a multi-layer, cavitated, white OPP film with an enhanced sealant that also provides leak-free seals. The film combines the properties of metalized polyester and polyethelene, creating a mono-web packaging solution. This film can be surface printed and over-laquered, has an exceptional barrier to gases, flavours and moisture and was designed specifically for fractional pack coffee applications. Metallyte UCW-ES also will be offered in a 40 micron gauge.

During 2001, ExxonMobil launched Label-Lyte 85 LP, a drop-in replacement film for paper in water-based, cold-glue, cut and stack labelling applications. The success of Label-Lyte 85 LP drove the company to launch two new films, both on display at Labelexpo 2004. Label-Lyte 90 LP and Label-Lyte 95 LP both feature surfaces compatible with the offset litho printing process. Label-Lyte 90 LP features a high sheen metal surface and Label-Lyte 95 LP offers a glossy, white appearance.

ExxonMobil's Label-Lyte LP films boast excellent moisture resistance and durability, passing 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour ice-chest testing resolving problems from curl, flagging, tearing and wrinkling that paper labels experience. Label-Lyte LP films reduce glue usage up to 50% versus paper labels. And, during trials on commercial bottling equipment, these films create a significant cost savings for the bottler.

ExxonMobil is also featuring two new films for the growing in-mould labelling market place. Label-Lyte 65 LIM 301 and Label-Lyte 95 LBM 301 debuted at Label Expo 2004. These films combine cost and converting benefits for printers with strong visual appeal characteristics for the end user. In-mould labelling continues to gain popularity because of the appeal of a ‘no-label’ look with retailers and the elimination of investment in labelling equipment and label application by the end-user.

Used in injection moulding applications such as margarine, stadium cups, yogurt and deli salad tubs, Label-Lyte 65 LIM 301 provides a smooth and glossy finish after moulding. The film also offers good printability, with a print skin designed for litho and solvent gravure and flexo printing, together with excellent die-cutting. The mould ready side provides excellent adhesion to the container and compatibility with the container makes recycling easy.

Label-Lyte 95 LBM 301, a developmental film for blow-moulded containers, is mould ready - no adhesive required. Designed for blow-moulded containers used in liquid laundry, household chemical, food and automotive applications, this film satisfies the high demands for blow-mould film label converting and application at affordable economics.

'For over 30 years, ExxonMobil Chemical has been bringing new and proven packaging solutions to the industry and this year is no different,' said Ashmore. 'We appreciate the opportunity that Pack Expo gives us to let our customers know they can continue to turn to us for innovative solutions to their packaging needs now and in the future.'

The Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical is the world's premier supplier of a full range of film products for flexible packaging and labelling applications.
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