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Milliken’s Tech.-based UltraClear PP Cup Production by Gabler at K 2016

Published on 2016-10-14. Author : SpecialChem

Germany’s Gabler Thermoform GmbH & Co. KG has announced to showcase its latest machine, the M100, at the K 2016 show by making clear cups using clarified polypropylene sheet provided by cobelPlast NV. The Lübeck-based Gabler will be running the equipment on Stand D35 in Hall 3 at the Oct. 19-26 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Gabler/cobelPlast/Milliken at K 2016

Milliken’s Clarifier-based UltraClear PP

M100 Model Thermoforming Machine
M100 Model Thermoforming Machine
Belgium-based rigid-sheet extrusion specialist cobelPlast is partnering closely with specialty chemicals supplier Milliken & Co. (Hall 6, Booth A27) to develop both mono and barrier PP sheets that use Milliken’s advanced clarifier technology. Such efforts tie in nicely to Milliken’s K show theme of “Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together”.

Milliken says that with UltraClear PP resin based on Milliken’s clarifier series Millad® NX™ 8000, converters can create lightweight, microwaveable and recyclable polypropylene thermoformed and foldable packaging with the levels of clarity normally associated with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging.

NX UltraClear PP

NX UltraClear PP is a low-density, fully recyclable material that also supports sustainability due to its low carbon footprint throughout the entire supply chain -- from initial production of the granulate to the high energy recovery values for polypropylene at the end of its useful life.
The material also delivers significant weight savings. For example, Milliken notes, UltraClear PP trays weigh between 10-15% less than comparable, PET-based food trays.

Gabler/cobelPlast/Milliken Partnership

UltraClear PP Cups
UltraClear PP Cups
UltraClear PP with Millad NX 8000 is lighter weight compared to PET and offers glass-like clarity and transparency, according to cobelPlast R&D manager Marc Racquet, who also serves as the sheet maker’s Innovation Manager.

The partners see these clarified sheets as a potential replacement for products made from amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET) resin in many applications, and as an upgrade option over standard PP in other types of packaging.
Gabler, meanwhile, will use the K Show to display the newest model of its well-known, tilt-bed thermoforming machine technology.
The all-new M100 can help processors to reduce costs by increasing output by up to 40% when running most products, while using similar floor space and energy to smaller machines.

Gabler says its latest machine offers an innovative mechanical drive linkage system; a user-friendly touch screen; reverse stacker automation; a SpeedFlow form air system; enhanced production monitoring features; and dramatically increased forming area and tonnage.

Millad, Milliken and the Milliken logo are registered trademarks of Milliken & Company.
NX is a trademark of Milliken & Company.

About Gabler

Gabler Thermoform is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of thermoforming machines for the food and beverage packaging industry. Its range of machineries allows the customer to process and manufacture every kind of product taking care of best quality, highest output and efficiency. These targets are achieved considering the need to save material and energy costs. Gabler’s expertise varies from the integration of thermoforming machines with sheet extrusion lines on one side and all sort of automation and handling after the products are formed on the other side.

About cobelPlast

cobelPlast is a Belgium based extrusion company specialized in the production of barrier sheets for the packaging industry. With a vast experience and background as a trusted supplier in the food packaging, diagnostics and household industries, it has one of the leading supply positions in polystyrene and polypropylene based barrier sheets for FFS machines.

About Milliken

Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from its laboratories, application and development centers around the world, its scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children's art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.

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Source: Gabler Thermoform GmbH & Co. KG
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