NEW CASTLE, DEL. - American Mirrex Corp. has jumped into production of polyester films and sheet for thermoforming applications. The converter, headquartered in New Castle, began production of amorphous PET, glycol-modified PET, and recycled PET films in April in thicknesses of 0.12-0.8 inch.
John Blum, director of research and development for American Mirrex, said it is the first time polyester films have been offered since the firm separated from Hoechst Celanese Corp., of which it was a former division.
``We also offer polypropylene and PVC rigid and flexible films,'' Blum said. ``The ramp-up has been slower than we anticipated.''
Galt Plastics Co., an extruder headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is manufacturing the films for American Mirrex.
The amorphous product is targeted at trays, cups, lids and food packaging, while the PETG film is suited for tubs lids, medical supply containers, blister packaging and pharmaceutical packaging, and also is sterilizable.
The Mirrex recycled PET film and sheet is available in 25-100 percent recycled-content concentrations for most applications, including agriculture, the company said.
Blum claims the films offer clarity, resist impact and chemicals and are good for coextruded products.