Dow Inc.’s DOW business unit, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, recently announced the launch of a wide range of tenter frame, biaxially-oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) for linear low, medium and high-density packaging films. The solutions enable customers to use tough, printable, and visually appealing BOPE films for producing resource-efficient, mono-material packaging designed for recyclability.
Notably, Dow’s TF-BOPE-based solutions are commercially available in Asia-Pacific. These are known for their remarkable appearance as well as impact resistance. They are used in various applications including downgauged frozen food films and duplex PE-based laminates that are used for personal and home care pre-made pouches.
Ticinoplast and Plastchim-T customers will now be able to work with a range of tested TF-BOPE films suitable for roto-and flexo-gravure printing. This includes co-extruded films and laminates, high-clarity films for downgauging and high-density TF-BOPE films with remarkable stiffness.
Per management at Ticinoplast, BOPE is a breakthrough technology in flexible packaging. It has excellent sealability and mechanical characteristics comparable to optics and printability available in current films. The joint efforts of the participants in this BOPE development will lead to recyclable flexible packaging solutions in the market.
Further, BOPE enables a closed life-cycle for plastic packaging and creates opportunities for a new generation of biaxially-oriented films.
Dow’s shares are up 2.2% year to date compared with the industry’s growth of 4.3%.
In its third-quarter call, Dow stated that it expects the rebound witnessed in markets in the third quarter to continue in the near term. The company entered the fourth quarter with momentum on a sequential-comparison basis, improved financial flexibility and a consistent focus on cash. The company continues to focus on delivering according to its strategic and operational objectives.
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Dow currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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