India-based film manufacturer Cosmo has launched a new bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film to improve the moisture resistance of cement bags.

The film is used to laminate block bottom cement bags, which are made of woven polypropylene (PP) material.

Entirely made from polyolefin, the new film improves the bags' print-quality material and protects their contents from moisture. 

"Laminated bags have already done well in Pakistan and Bangladesh and consumption is already on the rise in Indian market."

Cosmo Films CEO Pankaj Poddar said: “India is world’s second largest cement producer after China with production estimates of approximately 300 million tonnes per annum with production figures estimated to reach 407 million tonnes per annum by FY17.

“With only 15% of the cement being packed in block bottom bags, there is a huge potential in converting these bags into laminated ones and upgrading the traditional PP stitched bags as well.

“Laminated bags have already done well in Pakistan and Bangladesh and consumption is already on the rise in Indian market.”

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Cosmo’s new BOPP film blends well with woven PP fabric and offers high-quality micro-perforation / nano embossing.

The laminated bag manufactured with the BOPP film also has heat seal and hot tack properties.

The bags can be used to pack other building materials as well as a variety of staples, including rice, flour, sugar, pet foods, fertilisers and chemicals.

With facilities in India, Japan, Korea and the US, Cosmo Films currently offers BOPP films used for packaging, labels and lamination applications.