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Alcan receives packaging innovation awared for medical film

Alcan Packaging's TearAnywhere multi-layer film used in medical applications, such as condom packages, has received...

August 11, 2005   Canadian Plastics

Alcan Packaging’s TearAnywhere multi-layer film used in medical applications, such as condom packages, has received a Gold Award at DuPont’s 18th annual DuPont Flexible Packaging Innovation Ceremony.
TearAnywhere multilayer film is extruded of olefin-based materials, including linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and various other materials with a high glass transition (Tg) temperature.
According to Montreal, Que.-based Alcan, TearAnywhere is not sensitive to moisture, nor does it become brittle or turn yellow with age. Additionally, packagers can reduce sealing temperatures and dwell times, increasing in line speed because of the addition of a proprietary sealant.
Alcan also received a Silver award for its Autopak Sterilization three-ply pouch. It is made of a spun bonded, non-woven bottom layer, a peelable co-extruded polypropylene (PP)-based middle film, and an outer top ply lamination comprised of DuPont nylon and PP. Aside from resisting invasion by bacteria, these materials allow for permeation of sterilization gases. The outer layer is also easy to peel, and the pouch has good abuse-resistance.
Another Silver award was presented to Alcan for its ClearShield Bone-in Shrink Bag, a puncture-resistant multi-layer film used primarily to package fresh meats. ClearShield is processed by co-extruding polyethylene (PE), nylon and polyethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymers (EVOH).


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