New PETG packaging products launched at Pack Expo 2009

By Mike Stones

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Two new polyethylene terepthalate glycol (PETG) packaging materials, which are claimed to more environmentally friendly than PVC, have been launched by packaging specialist Spartech Corporation at the Pack Expo 2009 trade event in Las Vegas.

EnviroSeal and UltrosRenu provide unique application solutions for RF tear, bar and heat-seal blister and clamshell packaging for food, consumer and medical products, claims the company.

Both products are said to offer comparable physical performance properties to PVC and meet a broad cross-section of PVC-based applications. Designed to suit individual manufacturing processes, they require no tooling or capital expenditures; and deliver excellent trimming qualities, impact properties, and packaging performance, said Spartech.

Environmentally responsible

Jonathan Cage, director of Packaging Development, said: “As the packaging industry is increasingly challenged to produce more environmentally responsible products, Spartech is at the forefront with a wide array of sustainable, high performance, PVC alternatives to meet a broad spectrum of packaging needs.

"Together, EnviroSeal and our UltrosRenu line reflect Spartech's strong commitment to environmental stewardship and to providing our customers with a competitively priced, ‘drop in' polyester material for every sealing process on the market today​."

EnviroSeal XP20, XP30 and XP40 can be supplied with either pre- or post-consumer content and has Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact approval. It can be RF welded and heat-sealed to film or cards.

UltrosRenu 90 Clear, 90 Blend, and 90 Blue Tint are designed for blister packaging, clamshells, display boxes and containers. It contains pre-consumer content and is RF, bar and tear, and heat sealable.

End-market demand

Meanwhile, Spartech Corporation revealed its third quarter operating results last month posting net sales of $241.7m; down 30% from the previous year third quarter. This reflected weak end-market demand, said the company. Sales volumes have been at relatively stable levels for the past six months.

Operating earnings, excluding restructuring and exit costs, increased to $14.1m from $11.5m in the third quarter of last year.

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