Toray Plastics (America) Inc. is expanding into PET film packaging applications in North America.
The North Kingston, R.I.-based company introduced a coextruded, chemically treated film that offers good adhesion to water- and solvent-based inks and a one-sided, heat-sealable film for wrapping portable foods, said Paul Knollmeyer, new product and market development manager for Toray's industrial films.
The company also launched a heat-sealable oriented polypropylene film for food packets and stand-up pouches. The new PP and PET materials were brought out during Pack Expo International, held Nov.7-11 in Chicago.
Toray is a unit of Tokyo-based Toray Industries Inc., a $9 billion company that produces about 660 million pounds of PET resin annually, said Michael Brandmeier, senior sales director for Toray Plastics (America).
The company makes packaging-grade polyethylene films in France and South Korea, some of it imported to customers in North America, Brandmeier said. But the new films are the first packaging-targeted PET products to be manufacturing in the United States, he said.
To make the films, the company will shift production in North Kingston away from the manufacture of PET tape films for the video market, Brandmeier said. With the advent of DVD recordings, that market is slowing, he said. The company will continue to make videotape but in lower volumes, he added.
Toray Plastics also will move away from stamping films, another market that is not growing at the same rate as packaging, Brandmeier said. The company is not adding any new lines to make the PET packaging film.
Toray's U.S. facility has three PET lines, four for PP and one cast film line, he added.
Both new PET films are targeted at lidding, flow wrap and bag applications and can be used for industrial films such as cable wrap, Knollmeyer said.
The one-sided heat-sealable film is especially suited for wide food bags for sandwiches, burritos or school lunches, Knollmeyer said. The thicker film also seals to PVC, amorphous PET and other materials, he added.
Toray Plastics' new metallized OPP film replaces the foil and sealant layers in products using paper and PE structures, said Christopher Voght, product manager for the firm's Torayfan division.
The film is targeted at packets and pouches in product categories such as hot cocoa, snack foods and seasonings, Voght said.