Toray Plastics (America) (North Kingston, RI) has used its experience in food and medical packaging to extend the service life and durability of metallized polyester (PET) film used to make balloons. LumLife film is a result of a special treatment technology that enables balloon converters and end users to create printable, colorful balloons that do not stress crack but maintain seal integrity during manufacturing. Barrier properties, said to be up to five times those of conventional nylon balloons, keep helium in the balloon for a longer period.
Christopher Roy, sales/marketing director for the company’s Torayfan films division, says LumLife film was originally developed for the packaging industry but the barrier and metal adhesion features permitted the crossover into the balloon market. The same metallized PET film can be used for confectionary, coffee, condiment, and medical applications. —[email protected]