Pack Expo 2014 (Nov. 2-4; Chicago) is looking like a promising show for new products. For example, Milliken & Co. will launch a nucleator for injection molding high density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo in booth #10513. The company says the new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste. Milliken will also showcase clear polypropylene (PP) featuring its Millad NX 8000 clarifier for thermoformed, blow molded and injection molded plastic packaging.
"Our additives transform the way plastics are made and where they can be used - with lighter weight and more sustainable materials," said Cristina Acevedo, global product line manager for Millad, Plastics Additives, Milliken & Co. "Milliken's advanced additive technologies - such as our new nucleating agent and Millad NX 8000 clarifier - are enabling packaging manufacturers to significantly boost productivity and the quality of their products through increased performance, greater efficiencies and reduced systems costs. These technologies not only allow our customers to gain a first-to-market advantage, but also help to differentiate their products and increase their competitive edge."
Milliken calls its new nucleating agent a "breakthrough technology that provides packaging manufacturers with greater options for injection molding HDPE." These include a reportedly improved cycle times for higher productivity, reduced part warpage and shrinkage, improved pigment levelling and a significant increase in part stiffness and heat resistance. The material also makes it possible to produce parts with thinner walls, reducing material usage, which results in lighter-weight packaging.
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