ExxonMobil, Windmöller & Hölscher and Grupo Armando Alvarez Collaborate to Create Collation Shrink Films with Recycled Polyethylene while Maintaining Performance

  • Sustainable collation shrink film containing 30 percent recycled polyethylene
  • Latest film extrusion technology with performance PE polymers allows use of recycled PE streams
  • Displaying extreme performance and high-heat resistant films with Exceed™ XP and ExxonMobil™ PP
  • Toughness, shrink performance and optical properties maintained without upgauging

BRUSSELS ― Continuing an ongoing collaboration of almost 20 years, ExxonMobil and Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) will demonstrate a 40-micron, 5-layer polyolefin dedicated (POD) collation shrink film, which includes 30 percent recycled polyethylene (PE) at K2019. Processed on a VAREX II blown film line, the collation shrink film maintains performance due to the inclusion of Exceed™ XP and Enable™ performance PE polymers and ExxonMobil™ LDPE in the formulation. This innovative solution will be demonstrated at the W&H booth (Hall 17, stand A57).

“By including recycled PE in this collation shrink film it enables valuable material to be re-used in new applications and helps customers create sustainable solutions,” said David Hergenrether. ExxonMobil Chemical Vice President, Polyethylene. “As a mono-material solution, it is easily recycled where programs and facilities to collect and recycle plastic films exist.”

Because this collation shrink film incorporates ExxonMobil performance PE polymers with recycled PE, it delivers the toughness, holding force and shrink performance for high integrity packaging and storage stability at thinner gauge. Optical properties provide high-end visual in-store consumer appeal. The film is easy to process with fast start/stop technology and high output. Recycled PE can be used in W&H film extrusion equipment like VAREX II with consistent processability.

“The combination of VAREX II technology and ExxonMobil performance PE polymers, allows a broad range of recycled polyethylene streams to be used,” said Martin Backmann, R&D Division Manager, Windmöller & Hölscher. “The processing challenge presented by recycled materials with a broad melt index and density range is solved by using Exceed XP and Enable. “Our VAREX II technology provides excellent processability of performance polyethylene polymers combined with recycled polymers to deliver higher output, fast transition, and excellent optical properties.”

This 40-micron, 5-layer collation shrink film, with 30 percent recycled PE, has been validated by Grupo Armando Alvarez, a leading plastic film and packaging producer, to effectively package 6 x 1.5L bottles, ensuring value is being delivered across the supply chain.

The new collation shrink packaging that includes 30 percent recycled PE delivers comparable package integrity and optical performance to conventional collation shrink solutions. Collation shrink packaging films with outstanding mechanical and optical properties can be created using Exceed™ XP and Enable™ performance PE polymers.

ExxonMobil introduced Exceed XP to the formulation to boost the mechanical properties because recycled polyethylene has been added. Exceed XP maintains the toughness and optical properties, while medium density Enable delivers balanced properties of shrinkability, holding force and toughness. The shrink speed of the film can be adjusted for different shrink process conditions due to the use of ExxonMobil™ LDPE.

For further details visit: ExxonMobil pavilion (FG10.1) or Windmöller & Hölscher booth (Hall 17, A57) at K2019.

About ExxonMobil Chemical
ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. The company holds leadership positions in some of the largest-volume and highest-growth commodity chemical products. ExxonMobil Chemical has manufacturing capacity in every major region of the world, serving large and growing markets. More than 90 percent of the company’s chemical capacity is integrated with ExxonMobil refineries or natural gas processing plants. To learn more, visit www.exxonmobilchemical.com.

About Windmöller & Hölscher
For nearly 150 years, Windmöller & Hölscher has been constantly demonstrating its innovative power and today is one of the leading suppliers of machinery and systems for the production and converting of flexible packaging. Our passion for innovation has been the driving force keeping the company young, dynamic and flexible. W&H offers customers a broad range of machinery and equipment ranking among the best in the field of extrusion, printing and conversion. Top quality, innovative ideas, optimized engineering concepts and, finally, first class service are attributes our customers can take for granted. With global activities, W&H is a partner and system provider offering its customers everything from the single source: from expert advice and engineering to the delivery of high quality machines and complete packaging production facilities.

About About Grupo Armando Alvarez
Founded in 1964, Armando Alvarez is the largest Spanish transformer of plastic polyethylene film. It consists of a series of top quality companies that complement each other with an extruded volume of some 300,000 tons and a turnover of some 700 million Euros.

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