At booth #663, the company will showcase its Millad NX8000 clarifier for polypropylene (PP) and HyperformHPN nucleating agents for PP and polyethylene (PE), which offers molders and manufacturers a new level of aesthetics, processing efficiency and sustainability. These technologies can measurably improve clarity, minimize warpage and deliver cycle time reductions. Environmental benefits including energy savings, weight reduction and recyclability will be a special focus of Milliken's exhibit.
The company will invite attendees to use its special calculator, available as a free app from the AppleiTunesStore, to gauge estimated energy savings from upgrading to Millad NX 8000 clarifier, which the company said allows PP to be processed at significantly lower temperatures.
"We are looking forward to participating in PACKEX Toronto, demonstrating our strong commitment to the packaging industry in Canada," said Heather Newland, North America marketing manager for Milliken plastic additives. "Our clarifiers and nucleating agents can help customers not only improve product quality and processing efficiency but also achieve environmental improvements. The sustainability benefits of our additives support Canada's ongoing efforts to reduce its packaging footprint."
Millad NX 8000 clarifier cuts energy consumption
Milliken's next-generation Millad NX 8000 clarifier, which enables PP to approach the clarity of glass or polycarbonate, also allows the material to be processed at significantly lower temperatures of 190C to 200C, a reduction of up to 40 degrees vs. less-advanced clarifiers. These cooler temperatures reduce energy demands and associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and can also shorten cooling times and increase productivity. Further, Milliken said the clarifying performance of Millad NX 8000 promotes broader use of PP - a low-density, easily recycled plastic - to replace less-sustainable materials in packaging.
Hyperform HPN Nucleating Agents support resource conservation and source reduction
Hyperform HPN nucleating agents provide a range of benefits for PP and PE, both easily recycled plastics, in diverse packaging applications. This family of high-performance nucleating agents provides higher crystallization temperatures for PE and PP, allowing faster de-molding of parts to cut cycle times and drive productivity improvements of 10 to 20 percent. Hyperform HPN-20E nucleator for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is suitable for blown film, extrusion blow molding and injection molding, as well as in linear low density PE (LLDPE), especially C4 gas phase LLDPE. In addition, Hyperform HPN-20E improves the passive barrier of PE, creating opportunities for downgauging and shelf life extension.
Hyperform HPN-600ei can be incorporated into sheet extrusion and thermoforming grades of PP to provide improved productivity for converters. Hyperform HPN-600ei nucleated PP is a cost-effective alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polystyrene. Cups, portion containers, lids and other thermoformed packaging applications nucleated with Hyperform HPN-600ei have excellent aesthetics, rather than the yellowish appearance that is common in conventional polypropylene.