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Sabic partners with Brückner Maschinenbau

Oct '20
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Sabic, a leader in diversified chemicals, is strengthening partnership with Brückner Maschinenbau, a leader in film manufacturing technologies. The collaboration is aimed at encouraging flexible packaging manufacturers to use Sabic’s Trucircle solutions for certified circular polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) to create more sustainable products.

The partnership combines Sabic’s certified circular BOPP and BOPE materials with Brückner’s world leading manufacturing technology for flexible packaging.

The certified circular products from Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio are made from feedstock recycling of difficult to recycle post-consumer used plastics. Its certified circular BOPP polymer uses recycled material without compromising on quality. Meaning the performance of the film including the stiffness toughness balance, barrier properties and hot fill requirements are met, whilst meeting the food compliance standards, high product purity and safety requirements. This most recent combination of Brückner and Sabic’s technological innovations has resulted in the creation of a unique platform to produce specialised BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene) films. These films can be used for various flexible applications such as labels, tape and food packaging such as confectionary, snacks, baked good, dried fruits, pasta and fresh food packaging.

As the world-leading biax-film machine manufacturer, Brückner tested Sabic’s certified circular BOPP material in its own technology centre as a drop-in solution for biax-film applications. Trials demonstrated that BOPP films made from Sabic’s certified circular polypropylene are fully in line with industry’s need for more sustainability-focused solutions without any compromises on quality. The material’s processability and stretchability performance was shown to be on par with the best performing reference materials.

Dr. Stefan Seibel, head of New Technologies, Brückner Maschinenbau, said, “Flexible packaging converters are expanding their range of applications and offer a polypropylene which incorporates recycled content as a drop-in solution and viable alternative to existing biax-film lines, offering added sustainability benefits without affecting quality. This is a huge step forward in our journey towards closing the loop across the plastics value chain and working together to create a circular economy.”

Mark Vester, circular economy leader at Sabic, said “With Bruckner’s machinery and processing expertise, convertors can take full advantage of our innovative Trucircle solutions and integrate it into their flexible packaging. Sabic and Brückner are working together to find further solutions to improve the recyclability of packaging films and enable manufacturers to create more sustainable products which will help to drive forward the circularity of our industry.”

Brückner and Sabic have previously collaborated to create more sustainable materials for the packaging industry. In 2019, both companies worked together to successfully introduce BOPE films into the market. These films are based on raw material developments, which offer completely new possibilities for the film and packaging industry.

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