Dow Launches Innovative TF-BOPE to Meet Commercial Mass Production Requirements

Shanghai, China - July 12, 2017 - Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) launches tenter frame biaxially oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) at ProPack China 2017: an innovative and revolutionary addition to the INNATE™ Precision Packaging Resin family. Compared to the traditional polyethylene (PE) film, TF-BOPE film has higher mechanical properties and material rigidity, better optical and printing performance. Through collaboration with North American Material Science group, P&SP’s Research & Development (R&D) team in Asia Pacific came up with this breakthrough solution based on research on the packaging markets’ requirements, both locally and globally.

"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," said Wu Chang, Asia Pacific director for Technical Services and Development (TS&D), Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, "The launch of this innovative product showcases Dow's futuristic and cutting-edge insights, as well as our strong R&D capacity."

With Dow's exclusive technology, the TF-BOPE film is developed to demonstrate excellent optical properties such as transparency and glossiness. Compared 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, and twice the tensile modulus. TF-BOPE material has excellent flex cracking resistance which sustains great tenacity even under low temperature. All of these qualities represents a big leap from the performance of the traditional PE product.

A Safer, More Environment-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 can be used directly 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, making it more convenient for recycling and increasing the sustainability quotient.

The TF-BOPE film is easy to tear, an important requirement 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 for the commercialized production of the TF-BOPE film used in liquid washing bag. The 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, reducing the packaging material used and 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.

"To date, this new product has been launched in Asia. The subsequent global release will follow." added Kodak Xiao, Asia Pacific marketing director for Food & Specialty Packaging, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, “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 to promote innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, and promote the healthy and dynamic development of the industry.”

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
The largest business unit in Dow, Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) delivers annual revenues of ~US$13 billion and is one of the largest materials suppliers to the global packaging industry. With 3,800 employees, 48 plants and 28 sites spread across 16 countries, the business focuses on high growth markets in food packaging, industrial packaging, personal hygiene, and transmission pipe. P&SP is a leading innovator and collaborates across multiple value chains on new and improved products and applications that meet or exceed customer expectations. Visit http://www.dow.com/performanceplastics/ for more information. Follow Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

About Guangdong Decro Film New Materials Co., Ltd
Founded in 1987,Guangdong Decro Film New Materials Co., Ltd operates 6 BRUCKNER / MITSUIBISHI / JSW BOPP production lines, with an annual capacity in excess of 130 thousand tones. Meanwhile, Decro has 2 special functional coating production lines, contributing to over 40 million square meters per year. 3 new Twin-screw extruders also contributes more than 10 thousand tons master batch for functional films. Decro has been recognized as High & New-tech Enterprise for 13 consecutive years and got the award of the China well-known trademark, and established the National Post-doctoral Workstation currently. Decro has owned 11 patents in China and 5 foreign patents abroad. Decro’s film products have been widely used for packaging for foodstuffs, beverage, daily life products, as well as for labeling and electronic fabrication etc. DECRO will continue to provide lighter and greener solutions to customer requested innovations. More information about Decro can be found at www.bopp.com.cn.

About KAIDA GROUP
KAIDA GROUP is a company that specialized in flexible packaging, raw material film, injection molding and EOE products. It has two offices in China and one office in Bangkok, Thailand. It consists of printing factory, Pengda Packaging Material factory, WanBaoLong Cover Making factory, Shanghai Guanze Material Technology CO. Ltd and Fujian Quanzhou Kaijing Imp& Exp Trading Co., LTD). Through more than ten years’ development, Kaida Group has become one of the biggest packaging corporations in China. There are 11 full-automatic high-speed printing lines, 10 dry-lamination lines, 3 imported solvent-free lamination lines, 1 tandem extruded lamination line, more than 100 sets of bag-making facilities, 9 PE film-blowing lines, 2 sets of 3.5 wide CPP casting film machines and 1 vacuum metallized machines, over 20 sets of injection molding machines and 2 cover-making lines as well as a 100-thousand-grade clean plant which can provide customers packaging of environmental friendly and top-quality in the field of food, pharmaceutical, electronics and household chemicals etc. Kaida Group has a professional team, an independent R&D and lab center. Approved by ISO9001, BRC, BV and SMETA. More information about KAIDA can be found at www.kaidapack.com.


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