German company Dienes Packaging will use the transparent specialty grade Zylar BX6503 (methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers) in the production of its transparent canisters of over one litre capacity.
The new grade, which will be supplied by global styrenics supplier Styrolution, are ideal as they are suitable for extrusion blow moulding.
Characterised by a combination of clarity and toughness, the Zylar BX6503 material cools quickly during the canister production process, enabling Dienes to achieve better production output.
Zylar, which has specific gravity advantages, flow properties and processing temperatures, offers overall cost and material savings.
According to Styrolution, the process of producing an integrated handle is made possible in a single step with the help of the new material with less shrinkage compared to other products such as polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PET-G).
Zylar also offers flexibility by placing the neck and opening of a canister in the middle as well on either the left or right side of the container.
An additional advantage of Zylar-based canisters is that shrinkage for inline labeling is reduced, and the presence of wrinkles or bubbles in the label is eliminated.
Dienes Packaging CEO and owner Klaus Dienes said the company has stolen a march in terms of product appearance and performance through the cooperation with Styrolution and its use of Zylar for the canisters.
"We searched long and hard for the right material that would enable us to use our existing PE extrusion blow molding technology to produce high-quality, transparent canisters that would stand out from the opaque, PE-HD-based products on the market," Dienes said.
The joint project between both the companies is being supported by tools from POLY-TOOLS bennewart.
Image: Dienes Packaging will use Styrolution's Zylar BX6503 in the production of transparent canisters; Photo: Courtesy of Styrolution Group GmbH.