Dow to showcase design for recyclability packaging portfolio at K 2019

A comprehensive suite of technologies, capabilities and services to help brand owners and converters address recyclability targets with polyethylene (PE) packaging that provides excellent optics and production efficiency.

HORGEN, Switzerland – Dow (NYSE: DOW) will showcase a comprehensive suite of products and capabilities at K 2019 that can help brand owners and converters to address recyclability targets with flexible polyethylene (PE) packaging.

Jointly developed with more than 20 global companies, 30 packaging prototypes enabled by Dow’s Pack Studios will be on display at K 2019, the world’s No.1 trade fair for plastics and rubber. Designed for recyclability, these prototypes represent different food, home and personal care packaging applications, using Dow’s resins, coatings and adhesives on the most common extrusion and packaging machinery.

“Plastic packaging designed for recyclability offers multiple opportunities to help address the European Commission’s recycling targets as well as the industry’s sustainability commitments,” said Romain Cazenave, EMEA marketing director for Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics business. “With this unique offering, we can help provide brand owners and converters with complementary and combinable PE-based technologies to create packaging designed for recyclability while helping maintain food preservation, shelf-appeal, and consumer experience as well as production efficiency at high levels.”

Dow’s offering comprises of concepts for simple multilayered structures without barrier, more complex packaging with customized barrier for food protection, as well as conversion process redesign – including the use of compatibilizers to help enhance the mechanical recyclability of multilayer packaging and a spout insertion technology. PE-based solutions have been developed for pouches and thermoformed packaging.

Combining state-of-the art conversion machinery – from blown-film, adhesive and heat lamination, to oriented films extrusion1 – with Dow’s innovative PE-based polymer solutions2, delivers similar production efficiency to existing multi-material packaging structures. Key packaging properties such as stiffness and dimensional stability, good optics, heat resistance and a broad sealing window for packaging efficiency are widely accomplished.

In addition to technologies and materials, brand owners and converters can accelerate their innovation cycle by accessing the capabilities and services of Dow’s Pack Studios.

“At Pack Studios, we are able to give customers and industry comprehensive support in designing, testing and validating fully functioning PE-based packaging for recyclability,” said Peter Sandkuehler, global application technology leader for Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics business. “We have gathered global technical and market expertise from across the packaging value chain to create this array of tailor-made solutions with global facilities to conceptualize, develop, and test ideas on site.”

Companies which worked together with Dow to embrace the challenge of design for recyclability and which will be on display at Dow’s stand at K 2019 include: B&B, Berry bpi group, BOBST, Coveris, Drukpol.Flexo, ELBA, Hosokawa Alpine, HP Indigo, Kellogg’s, Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH, Menshen, Mespack, Plasbel, Plastiandino, Plaszom, RB, Reifenhäuser Group, Sealpac, Totani, Ulma, Videplast, Vishakha, and Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Explore these solutions at K 2019

Dow will be showcasing their design for recyclability portfolio and a broad range of products enabling a transition to a circular economy on their stand (K48, Hall 8a) at K 2019, the world’s largest plastics and rubber trade fair from 16-23 October in Dusseldorf, Germany. We’ll be there to listen, learn, discuss and be inspired:

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver high performing technologies for end use markets in food packaging, personal hygiene, infrastructure, consumer goods and transportation. P&SP is one of the world’s largest producers of polyethylene resins, functional polymers, and adhesives, and enabled by Pack Studios, is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on sustainable application development and circular economy life-cycle design for plastics.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines one of the broadest technology sets in the industry with asset integration, focused innovation and global scale to achieve profitable growth and become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for our customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,000 people. Dow delivered pro forma sales of approximately $50 billion in 2018. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

1 Includes: Machine Direction Orientation, Tenter Frame Biaxially Oriented Polyethylene and Triple Bubble® Film Extrusion (latter being a trademark of Kuhne Anlagenbau GmbH).
2 High performance resins like INNATE™, ATTANE™ and ELITE™, efficient AFFINITY™ sealants, high gloss and thermal resistant OPULUX™ optical finishes as well as RETAIN™ barrier compatibilizers are used in these PE-based solutions.

For further information please contact:

Uta Ünal
+41 44 728 21 11

Sergio Di Gesù
Porter Novelli
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