Dow pushes new waste reduction initiatives with 100 percent PE pouch

By Bob Moser
Correspondent

Published: June 27, 2014 2:48 pm ET
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:54 pm ET

Image By: Bob Moser Leonardo Feltrinelli, sales director for southern Latin America for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

Related to this story

Topics South America, Food packaging, Film & Sheet
Companies & Associations Dow Chemical Co.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is introducing a handful of new products and initiatives in Argentina this year aimed at recycling and waste reduction, including a standup pouch for liquids made for the first time from 100 percent polyethylene, the company’s regional sales director told Plastics News during Argenplás.

Dow’s standup pouches have previously been made of multiple plastic components, and were therefore difficult to recycle. Its new all-polyethylene pouch has been available on the market for solids since May 2013, when Printpack Inc. launched it in Mexico with Tyson Foods. It’s now being evaluated by clients in Argentina for liquids use, said Leonardo Feltrinelli, sales director for southern Latin America, in an interview at the Argenplás trade show in Buenos Aires.

“We see a bright future for PE in Argentina,” he said. “We have access to a cost-advantage feedstock in the shale gas being explored here, and everyone in the value chain is willing to innovate and pursue progressive ideas.”

Dow’s plant in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, has maxed out its production capacity of 650,000 metric tons per year for low, high and linear low density PE. The company is Argentina’s No. 1 PE supplier, with 75 percent of its resins sold domestically.

Dow sources 100 percent of its natural gas for local PE production within Argentina, but like many manufacturers in the country, it’s limited during winter months by gas shortages. Dow tries to get around that by scheduling plant maintenance during the season, but the company is actively investing in improving the country’s gas supply.

Dow signed a deal in September 2013 with YPF SA, Argentina’s largest company, to invest $188 million to develop 16 shale gas wells at the country’s Vaca Muerta formation. Dow will provide $120 million through this year as its portion of the agreement, which involves drilling wells in Neuquen province that have the potential to produce 3 million cubic meters of natural gas a day, according to YPF.

Following announcements in May and early June of licensing agreements for its PacXpert Packaging Technology to Ampac and O. Kleiner AG, Dow is in the process of importing machinery to Argentina to produce the bottles, and should begin local production this year, Feltrinelli said.

The PacXpert design involves an easy-to-carry flexible plastic pouch with a fitment closure and integrated handles. The pouch is shelf stable, standing upright or on its side once filled, with transparent packaging that allows consumers to see the content within.

Dow also recently launched a PE label program in Argentina that tells consumers the packaging is recyclable. PE films aren’t labeled with the classic recycling triangle symbol, so Dow developed a new “thumbs up” symbol with a few keywords to show consumers that packaging film can be diverted from the waste stream, said Jeffrey Wooster, global sustainability director for Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

“This should help [garbage] pickers in Argentina’s informal recycling network learn there is demand in the supply chain for recycling PE film,” Wooster said. “Dow is also working with local plastics chambers on educating consumers about the new symbol.”


Comments

Dow pushes new waste reduction initiatives with 100 percent PE pouch

By Bob Moser
Correspondent

Published: June 27, 2014 2:48 pm ET
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:54 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

MonoSol optimistic it can reach new markets with water soluble films

January 26, 2015 4:46 pm ET

MonoSol LLC — riding a wave of growth spurred on by the rapid adoption of water soluble detergent packets in recent years — is looking to ...    More

Image

W&H buys bigger stake in BSW

January 23, 2015 10:43 am ET

Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels-...    More

Image

European study finds 'no consumer health risk' from current BPA levels

January 21, 2015 9:45 am ET

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is no health risk to consumers of any age group from current exposure levels to...    More

Image

Next Generation Films investing $30 million in Ohio expansion

January 20, 2015 4:44 pm ET

Next Generation Films Inc. is betting $30 million on growth in specialty films.    More

Image

Teijin to close Japan film plant as part of broader restructuring

January 16, 2015 2:02 pm ET

An increasingly competitive polyester films market is prompting Teijin DuPont Films Japan Ltd. to close its Gifu, Japan, manufacturing facility, Tokyo...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events