Downgauging Stretch Film: What You Should Know

By |2018-04-23T14:35:58+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Packaging Strategy, Packaging Supplies|0 Comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the packaging industry, you already know that downgauging is a prominent buzzword in many circles – specifically downgauging stretch film.

Packaging World made these two important points about downgauging in their article, “Sustainable packaging:  How much downgauging can you do?

• Packaging must protect, preserve, and contain…It needs to be strong enough, act as an effective barrier between the contents and the environment, and be hygienic.

• Packaging must make a minimum demand on the environment.  It should be made using a sensible amount of energy and raw materials, be safely disposed of, or—where appropriate—recovered or reused.

Downgauging Stretch Film in the Packaging Industry

Due to the rising cost of petroleum resin, manufacturers produce films created with high-grade poly resins and less petroleum resin.   In doing so, they are able to create a stretch film (often referred to as an engineered stretch film) featuring:

  • multiple film layers thus increasing the strength of the film. 
  • high cling, puncture, and tear-resistance. 

Therefore, the user is able to use a lower grade engineered film, while retaining the same strength, cling, and puncture resistance of a true gauge stretch film. 

Not surprising, according to the market research conducted in 2017 by Mastio & Company,  “approximately 2 million pounds of polyethylene (PE) was consumed in the production of stretch film, making it one of the largest and fastest growing markets in the industry.  With an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.7%, PE resin consumption to produce stretch film should reach 2.327.2 million lb by 2020.”

Why is downgauging stretch film important to consider?

In April 2016, downgauging films was listed as the number one “future trend for flexible packaging.”  Here are just three reasons you should consider downgauging stretch film.

  1. Green initiatives.  Downgauged stretch film uses less raw materials, resulting in less waste. 
  2. Ergonomic Benefits.  Engineered stretch films weigh less per roll.  Thus, your employees lift and/or move less weight throughout the day.  
  3. Financial Benefits.  Engineered films not only cost less per roll but also improve your bottom line.

Bottom line, engineered stretch film fulfills the two points as shown above at the beginning of this post.  It provides the needed strength to secure palletized products.  Additionally, the engineered stretch films use less raw materials, therefore, enhancing environmentally friendly benefits.

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