Macchi SpA, the blown film equipment manufacturer, held a recent open house at its headquarters in Venegono, Italy, running three POD lines making five-layer, nonbarrier film.
The advantages of five layers versus the more traditional three-layer film come from reducing costs because of the ability to coextrude extremely thin skin layers. And you can target specific resins for the application, Macchi said.
According to company officials, a range of industries can benefit from this new way of thinking about polyethylene film, including beverage, canning and cosmetics.
Macchi also showed the POD technology at the K2013 show in Germany.
POD lines now account for about 20 percent of Macchi's total business.
Macchi North America Plastic Machinery Inc. is in Dalton, Ga.
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