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There’s no point in being stretched. Working together is key to unlocking new stretch hood applications

The movement of goods and resources is expected to increase globally as the population grows. There is a pressing need to ensure goods are packaged to meet critical standards for security, efficiency and sustainability, so we can move them safely from A to B.

How can we improve load stability and packaging technologies that meet industry requirements? Sometimes, all you have to do is ask…

Stretch Hood

How can we improve load stability and packaging technologies that meet industry requirements? Sometimes, all you have to do is ask…

Vitaly Romashkin, Dow’s Account Manager in Industrial & Consumer Packaging, explains: “We wanted to find a way to work more closely together with the leading Russian film producer for stretch hood, Polymer OOO. We asked them how, and they told us that they were looking for better solutions for stretch hood skins. So, naturally, we obliged.”

Turin Pavel, Polymer OOO’s Technologist for the Stretch Hood film production line, adds, “We first worked together with Dow in 2015 when ELITE™ AT 6101 was introduced to the Russian market. However, as some time went by and new developments entered the market, we noticed that tear and puncture resistance issues were still evident in the latest mLLDPE solutions on the market for skins. So, when Dow approached us to see how we could work together, the timing was perfect.”

Ilya Bogomolov, Dow’s TS&D, Industrial & Consumer Packaging, explains, “When we started tackling these issues together, Dow knew that we could provide our expertise along with our Stretch Hood Toolbox – an extensive line of suitable and innovative polyolefin resins, which can be tailored to create custom film structures to address specific performance requirements. We ended up testing Dow’s alternative to mC6 at the end of 2016 and found that Dow’s alternative to the market’s offer performed much better in terms of tear and puncture resistance, which we were very happy about.”

By collaborating, Dow was able to offer a new solution to the Russian market that withstood the puncture test, while Polymer OOO is now able to provide more solutions to the Russian market for different market segments, like bricks, heavy bags, soft isolation and glass bottles.

When collaborating to drive new innovations, as you see, sometimes all you have to do is ask.

We noticed that tear and puncture resistance issues were still evident in the latest mLLDPE solutions on the market for skins. So, when Dow approached us to see how we could work together, the timing was perfect.

Turin Pavel Technologist of Stretch Hood film