Vietnamese flexible packaging manufacturer Thanh Phu has partnered with US-based ExxonMobil Chemical to develop a polyethylene (PE) laminated packaging solution.
The PE solution was created to make it easier for companies to recycle laminated packaging.
The existing recycling process requires sizable investment to separate polyolefin layer from its laminates, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamide (PA), ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) or oriented polypropylene (OPP).
Thanh Phu executive vice-president Alex Dam said: “This is a true synergy between material science and conversion technology innovation.
“We have changed the cradle-to-grave cycle into a more responsible cradle-to-cradle concept.
“Our aim is to have a full PE alternative to conventional laminated solutions without compromising performance, while maintaining an attractive cost-efficiency ratio.”
The company currently serves the food and hygiene sector in the Asia Pacific region.
ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific performance polyethylene marketing manager Haridass Kalidas said: “Our collaboration with Thanh Phu has resulted in a solution for a laminated flexible package that can be recycled in the same collection stream as PE by using our Exceed XP performance polymers and their proprietary film conversion technology.”
Meanwhile, ExxonMobil and SML Maschinengesellschaft are set to exhibit a simplified process for producing small to medium-sized pouches through coextrusion coating.
The coextrusion coating layers feature ExxonMobil’s Exceed 0019XC performance polymer, as well as Escor ethylene acrylic acid copolymer resins.