Oman's Octal optimizes its DPET laminated sheet for cheese product packaging, says product is tougher, has reliable high definition forming, excellent resin distribution, faster thermoforming cycle times

, May 6, 2011 (press release) – Innovative raw material from OCTAL convinces with advantages in productivity, energy efficiency and appearance.

The PET sheet innovation DPET™ covers all the needs of cheese processors, brand owners and consumers. Joe Barenberg, Chief Operating Officer of OCTAL explains: “DPET™ is perfectly suited for form-fill-seal applications. It boosts production efficiency, is easy to recycle and unbeatable for presenting products in refrigerated displays.” OCTAL will present its revolutionary new DPETTM PET/PE laminate sheet at Interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 12 to 18 May 2011.

Muscat (Oman), XX. May 2011 – Form-fill-seal (FFS) modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is among the most significant and fastest growing of all packaging types used in the milk and cheese processing industry. OCTAL’s new laminated structure brings all the advantages that thermoformers have been enjoying in traditional food packaging to the FFS MAP segment. Cheese production has now brought a massive efficiency boost to the segment with its innovative raw material DPETTM.

Big production advantages

DPETTM is tougher and resists cracking and crack propagation. DPETTM also scores top points for reliable high definition forming and excellent resin distribution, especially for deep draw applications. Average caliper variation is a mere 1%, enabling maximum down gauging. Other production advantages include faster thermoforming cycle times, faster startups, less waste and precise unwinding. What’s more, the proprietary DPETTM production process ensures that no contamination can infiltrate the polymer, ensuring purity in every package.

Easy on the environment

The OCTAL production process brings a further major advantage in addition to the unbeatable product quality: a carbon footprint 25 percent below that of traditionally produced APET films according to an Intertek study. The direct-to-sheet process eliminates the most energy consuming and defect prone processes to deliver a beautiful sheet with a fraction of the energy.

Outstanding appearance

The superb appearance of DPETTM FFS packaging is an added advantage extending beyond the productivity benefits. The material properties make it possible to put packaging on the shelves with maximum clarity and gloss, presenting the packaging contents in its best light in refrigerated displays.

Corporate Data

OCTAL is the brand name of Octal Petrochemicals LLC FZC. The company is based in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman) and operates sales and customer support facilities in the USA, the UK, Germany and China. OCTAL is a one hundred percent subsidiary of OCTAL Holding & Company with 400 employees. Annual turnover in 2010 was 430 million dollars.

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