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Could PVDC Coating Reduce Plastic Packaging in Food?

Posted by Martin Howarth on 23-Oct-2019 10:25:33

Poly-Vinylidene Chloride (PVDC) is a water-based coating often used to improve barriers and reduce permeability. It keeps food fresh, improves shelf life, and gives packaging an attractive high-gloss finish; all qualities that are behind the packaging industry’s preference for plastic. As a thermoplastic, PVDC is flexible, clear, and easily extruded. It clings well and resists oils and other chemicals, so it’s often used in pharmaceutical packaging. It’s easy to laminate, and if you need a more budget-friendly option, it can be mixed with cheaper monomers. One of the most popular of these consists of 85% vinylidene chloride and 15% vinyl chloride--more commonly known as Saran wrap.

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Topics: Food Packaging, Cold Seal Packaging, Anti-Slip Coating

Announcement From Fretwork – The Flame Retardant Textiles Network Ltd

Posted by Martin Howarth on 03-Sep-2019 14:42:31



Fretwork comprises organisations that apply flame retardant treatments to textiles and those who provide the chemical formulations for those treatments. These businesses play a vital role in ensuring furniture manufactured in the UK meets the stringent flammability requirements.

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Topics: Flame Retardants

2 Benefits Of Cold Seal Packaging Technology

Posted by Martin Howarth on 17-May-2019 14:14:15

In the manufacturing, food retail and envelope sectors, cold seal packaging is becoming the preferred option for cost effective, safe, secure, and high-speed packaging options. With manufacturers producing cold seal packaging machines for high volume, businesses both large and small can benefit from using cold seal packaging technology.

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Topics: Cold Seal Packaging

New Investment Increases Manufacturing Capacity For Antislip Paper Coatings

Posted by Martin Howarth on 12-Mar-2019 11:24:39

At Formulated Polymer Products we manufacture a wide range of water borne polymer bound compositions. Applications for these compounds include a range of adhesives including sprayable contact adhesives for furniture manufacture and cold seal adhesives for packaging, paper and film coatings and flame retardant textile coatings. Polyurethane foam impregnants impart several properties, including flame retardancy, oil resistance, conductivity and VOC absorbency.

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Topics: Adhesives, Coatings, Food Packaging

Prevulcanised Latex Dried Film Properties

Posted by Martin Howarth on 06-Mar-2019 12:52:21

 

 

Dried films of the ML range of prevulcanised natural rubber latex grades exhibit a range of high-performance physical properties.

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Topics: Rubber Latex

5 Benefits Of 2 Part Water-Based Sprayable Contact Adhesives

Posted by Martin Howarth on 12-Feb-2019 12:13:00

 

Potential users are often put off using water-based sprayable contact adhesives in their manufacturing and fabrication work because solvent-based solutions have a reputation for drying/bonding more rapidly. Although this is true in some cases, high-quality, 2 part sprayable water-based adhesives are certainly not slow to dry/bond. In addition, solvent-based adhesives contain high levels of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These VOC’s are released during the manufacturing process and present a hazard to process workers. Water based systems contain very low levels of VOC’s.

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Topics: Adhesives, Wet Bond Adhesives

The Importance Of Flame-Retardant Additives In Plastics 

Posted by Martin Howarth on 06-Feb-2019 12:11:00

 

Flame-retardant additives are used in a wide variety of plastic products these days. You will find them in anything from consumer products to oil pipelines. Flame-retardant additives are important in the use and manufacturing of plastics because they help prevent the material from becoming a fuel which could worsen any possible outbreak of fire.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, Adhesives

The Grenfell Tower Fire: The Importance of Flame Retardant Furniture

Posted by Martin Howarth on 07-Jan-2019 09:46:07

On Wednesday 14th June 2017, London's worst fire for at least a generation began. The Grenfell Tower fire disaster went on to be not just a tragedy for those residents of the block who lost loved ones but for the wider community. Indeed, the public inquiry that followed the events looked into many controversial matters that surrounded the blaze. Not least amongst its considerations was the external cladding that had been fitted to the tower, as well as the much-documented complaints that residents had made to their landlord about safety issues.

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Topics: Flame Retardants, Coatings

Price And Availability Of Brominated Based Flame Retardants

Posted by Martin Howarth on 17-Dec-2018 09:36:55

Bromine based flame retardants (FR’s) are very efficient and are widely used in coatings for textiles for upholstery manufacture. Combined with other materials (e.g. antimony trioxide) brominated compounds are used on a vast range of textiles to meet the stringent requirements of the UK Fire and Furnishing Regulations. Brominated FR’s make up a significant proportion of textile coating compounds and as a result any fluctuation in the price or availability has a major effect on compound prices.

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Topics: News

Non-Slip Pallet Liners Reduce Plastic Packaging & Environmental Impact

Posted by Martin Howarth on 28-Nov-2018 10:11:00

Non-slip pallet liners were developed to improve the safety and stability of pallets by reducing the slippage risk of cargo during transportation. Pallet liners are coated by a water-based acrylic adhesive to provide the non-slip properties required by the product.

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Topics: Pallet Liners

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