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DuPont launches amine-free antistat for film at NPE2012

Orlando, FL— DuPont has created a new amine-free antistat for BOPP (bi-axially oriented polypropylene) and PP (polypropylene) film for the food packaging industry. The new biobased product is featured at NPE2012, along with other biobased additives resulting from the recent acquisition of Danisco.

Mick Potenza, DuPont nutrition and health polymer additives account manager, told PlasticsToday at booth (#35013) that brand owners are always looking for ways to improve all aspects of product safety, and there is a limit in the amount of chemicals that can be used in direct contact with food. DuPont's goal was to come up with a product that ensures safer chemistry for food packaging.

It took about two years to develop, and Potenza said the antistat solution can prevent charge build up on the polymer while protecting the packaging.

"The reaction has been great so far," he said. "We've already had customer interest at this show."

Bjarne Nielsen, senior applications manager, DuPont polymer additive, stated the new product is something the market has been seeking for some time.

 "Antistats are an important additive in many different packaging applications, preventing the attraction of dust and other fine particles to the polymer surface that would otherwise render a packaged product unattractive," Nielsen said. "There is a widespread desire today to avoid traditional ethoxylated amine chemistry wherever possible as demands for unquestioned safe chemistry in food packaging grow steadily."

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