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Dow, BOBST, Hosokawa Alpine and ELBA to jointly present recyclable barrier packaging at K 2019

Processability, package safety, economics and exceptional shelf appeal achieved in packaging designed for recyclability

HORGEN, Switzerland – October 15, 2019 – Thanks to the joint development with machine manufacturer BOBST, extrusion converter Hosokawa Alpine and packaging producer ELBA, Dow (NYSE: DOW) will present a selection of polyethylene-based(PE) pouches that allow for the production of medium-to-high barrier packaging with machine direction oriented (MDO) films designed for recyclability.

Prototypes will be on display at K 2019, the world’s No.1 trade fair for plastics and rubber, at the stands of the companies: Dow (stand K48, hall 8a), BOBST (stand A39, Hall 4), Hosokawa Alpine (stand D06, Hall 16) and ELBA (stand D36, Hall 3).

“One of the biggest challenges in designing PE-based packaging for recyclability is to incorporate barrier functionalities that are today carried out by different materials in multi-material structures,” said Jaroslaw Jelinek, EMEA marketing manager at Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “Thanks to our Pack Studios expertise fueled by strong industry collaborations we have developed our next generation of high-performance resins to help enabling the production of PE-based mono-material packaging solutions that are designed for recyclability.”

In combining state-of-the-art MDO conversion machinery with Dow’s innovative PE-based polymers, similar production efficiency to existing multi-material packaging structures has been achieved. Dow products enabling this solution include: ELITE™ resins for remarkable stiffness, thermal resistance, optics and a wide enough orientation window which is important for the MDO process; NUCREL™ copolymers to create a suitable surface for the coating and metallization; INNATE™ precision resins for balanced toughness and stiffness as well as enhanced dimensional performance; and AFFINITY™ sealants to provide a low seal temperature and good operating window on the packaging line.

“We must work to find solutions that are efficient, innovative and that can lead to a circular economy,” said Romain Cazenave, EMEA marketing director at Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “The array of prototypes we are presenting at K 2019, such as the one developed together with BOBST, Hosokawa Alpine and ELBA, clearly demonstrates that mono-material PE-based packaging is the future, contributing to move the industry towards recyclable packaging.”

Explore this solution at K 2019
Dow will be showcasing their portfolio of solutions for meat and cheese packaging together with a broad range of products enabling a transition to a circular economy on their stand (K48, Hall 8a) at K 2019, the world’s largest plastics and rubber trade fair from 16-23 October in Dusseldorf, Germany. We’ll be there to listen, learn, discuss and be inspired: www.dow.com/k2019

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver high performing technologies for end use markets in food packaging, personal hygiene, infrastructure, consumer goods and transportation. P&SP is one of the world’s largest producers of polyethylene resins, functional polymers, and adhesives, and adhesives, and enabled by Pack Studios, is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on sustainable application development and circular economy life-cycle design for plastics. www.dow.com/packaging

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines one of the broadest technology sets in the industry with asset integration, focused innovation and global scale to achieve profitable growth and become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for our customers in highgrowth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,000 people. Dow delivered pro forma sales of approximately $50 billion in 2018. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

For further information please contact:

Uta Ünal
Dow
+41 44 728 21 11
uuenal@dow.com

Sergio Di Gesù
Porter Novelli
+32 2 413 03 40
sergio.digesu@porternovelli.be