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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
To combat this, new flexible materials such as styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), have been developed as foil replacement. SAN is tough, even in thin layers, and recent production meth- ods have improved the flexible properties of this resin. PACKAGING VARIATION & DISPENSING Packages made from flexible plastic films can be made into practically any shape imaginable, and the inclusion of han- dles, fitments and opening features is quite straightforward. Today ’s pouches often have advanced dispensing functions, such as screw top caps and laser scored tear features. Flexible packaging can also be used to enhance rigid packs, an example being shrink labels used for plastic bottles. These labels not only provide attractive decoration features, but also additional levels of barrier protection against oxygen or light. Other developments include fitments for use with flexible packaging for liquids, with traditional dispensing taps leading to connecting valves, one way dispensers and pop up straws. LARGER SIZES As technology has improved, the flexible packaging market size has increased and the ability to produce packaging of ever larger sizes has become possible. Larger retail flexible pack- ages are now becoming the norm as consumer packaged goods and retail outlets alike take advantage of larger format packaging. For example, the classic paperboard carton and unprinted flexible liner used for dry cereals is rapidly being replaced with flexible pouches that incorporate high end graphics and easy to reclose features. Incorporating many of the benefits of flexible packaging into a large format package for food service liquids, the pouch makes it easy to dispense product and makes sure every last drop is utilized. We can expect to see many new types of pouches being introduced for large format liquid packaging as consumers better understand the benefits and converters develop new technologies to their fullest. Looking for more information about the flexible packaging industry? Smithers Pira offers a range of in depth market reports containing 5 and 10 year forecasts of the industry available to purchase now, such as The Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2018. n www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2014 FLEXO 23 www.graymills.com firstname.lastname@example.org 877-465-7867 WE’VE HAD YOUR BACK FOR 75 YEARS Having your back is important business to Graymills. Every product you buy is backed by our extensive warranty, on site customer service, engineers and sales representatives that understand your day to day situations. Give us a call to discuss what you need and how we can help you solve a problem on your pressroom floor. Stop by and talk to us at INFO*FLEX booth #829 INKING SYSTEMS, PUMPS, FILTERS, PRESSROOM CLEANING