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Dow Launches TF-BOPE Film for Precision Packaging Mass Production Need

Published on 2017-07-14. Author : SpecialChem

Dow Packaging Technology
Dow Packaging Technology
Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) has launched tenter frame biaxially oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) at ProPack China 2017. Newly launched product is an innovative and revolutionary addition to the INNATE™ Precision Packaging Resin family.

Revolutionary Innovative PE Product

Compared to the traditional polyethylene (PE) film, TF-BOPE film has:
  • Higher mechanical properties and material rigidity
  • Better optical and printing performance

This breakthrough solution is based on the local and global research of packaging markets’ requirements. The solution in Asia Pacific came up as outcome of collaboration with North American Material Science group and P&SP.

Wu Chang, Asia Pacific director for Technical Services and Development (TS&D), Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, said:
"For the past decade, our regional R&D team has engaged in intensive research and made headways into the future trends of packaging market. We have gained insights into the challenges and finally developed this revolutionary product which breaks through the limits of traditional PE products. The launch of this innovative product showcases Dow's futuristic and cutting-edge insights, as well as our strong R&D capacity."

Properties of TF-BOPE Film

  • TF-BOPE film, developed by Dow, demonstrates excellent optical properties such as:
    • Transparency
    • Glossiness
  • In comparison to traditional PE products TF-BOPE can achieve:
    • Up to 80% less haze
    • Twice the impact strength
    • Thrice the puncture resistance
    • Thrice the tensile strength
    • Twice the tensile modulus
  • TF-BOPE material has excellent flex cracking resistance which sustains great tenacity even under low temperature. 

All these qualities represent a big leap from the performance of the traditional PE product.

Innate Range

A Safer, More Eco-friendly, More Sustainable Packaging Solution

This new material has excellent mechanical properties which can reduce film thickness by replacing BOPA (biaxially oriented polyamide) and other polymers in abuse layers for packaging.
  • With the excellent optical performance and print ability, the TF-BOPE film is being used as the printed layer of the packaging. 
  • By combining it with other PE functional layers, TF-BOPE can achieve a packaging with ALL PE structure. This makes it more convenient for recycling and increasing the sustainability quotient. 
  • The TF-BOPE film is easy to tear, an important need for packaging products, thereby increasing the convenience in usage.


Dow is currently in collaboration with Guangdong Decro Film New Materials Co., Ltd and KAIDA Group. The collaboration is for the commercialized production of the TF-BOPE film used in liquid washing bag.
  • Traditional liquid detergent bag uses polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and BOPA packaging materials. 
  • The new TF-BOPE film will replace BOPA as the interlayers of the packaging. This will reduce the packaging material used and will help in strengthening the mechanical performance of packaging bags. 
  • Dow is also cooperating with other market players to promote the use of TF-BOPE film for rice bags, pet food bags, heavy bags and other packaging requirements.

Kodak Xiao, Asia Pacific marketing director for Food & Specialty Packaging, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, added:
"Up to date, this new product is being launched in Asia. The next global release will follow. The requirements on safety, eco-friendliness, and physical properties of plastic films in the packaging industry will be higher. As one of the leading materials solutions providers to the packaging industry, Dow hopes to collaborate with key stakeholders across the value chain. This will help us to promote innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. It will also help in promoting the healthy and dynamic development of the industry.”

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Source: The Dow Chemical Company
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