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ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced a new Bicor MB866 OPP film, which promises outstanding gas-barrier properties for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) applications. This 21-micron Bicor MB866 OPP film features a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) coating on one side and an acrylic coating on the reverse for packaging of oxygen-sensitive dry products requiring MAP such as fruits and nuts, cereals, snacks, roasted coffees, and pet foods. The film is currently available in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

Typically the PVOH coating is reverse-printed and adhesive-laminated to a sealant film, such as blown polyethylene (PE) or cast polypropylene (PP), to provide high oxygen protection for prolonged product shelf life, ExxonMobil says. "With an oxygen barrier level below 1 cc/[m.sup.2]/day, this film delivers a barrier performance at the level of metallized polyester (PET) and typically higher than most other clear barrier solutions such as polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC) or ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) coated or coextruded films," the company adds.

The new film is an extension of ExxonMobil Chemical's transparent biaxially oriented polypropylene (OPP) Bicor films that are designed for flexible packaging applications. Available for use in laminates on vertical-form-fill-seal (VFFS) and horizontal-form-fill-seal (HFFS) equipment, Bicor OPP films feature proprietary coating technologies.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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