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Europe: DSM expands polyamide facility for flexible packagers

Royal DSM expands the production capacity for Akulon XS at its facility in Emmen, the Netherlands.

The capacity increase is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2016 to meet demand for the polyamide (PA) developed for blown films used in flexible food packaging.

The barrier properties and mechanical strength of conventional PA6 are ideal for flexible films used in food packaging.

However, its high crystallization speed can be restrictive.

DSM says processors have to either compromise on productivity, or blend with special amorphous PA or PA copolymers, reducing cost efficiency and properties.

Akulon XS however crystallizes much more slowly than conventional PA6 without the need for expensive blending.

“Demand for barrier films for flexible food packaging continues to rise in response to the growing need to reduce food waste and for longer food shelf-life,” says Danilo Fioravante, global business director – Akulon, Novamid, and EcoPaXX.

“This latest expansion in Akulon XS helps to address these demands and underpins our commitment to developing sustainable solutions for industry and society.”

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