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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Simultaneous Stretching Tech Gaining Ground in BOPA Film Industry NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, U.K . — Since the development of bi oriented polyam- ide (BOPA) film in the 1970s, two stage sequential stretching has become the favored technology for its production. However, in recent years end uses have emerged that have required more balanced film properties and simultaneous stretching technology is the only one able to meet these needs. This is one of the main conclusions from PCI Films Consulting’s latest report, World BOPA Film Market Trends to 2018, on the $1.1 billion global BOPA film market. “In today’s BOPA film market, users are telling us that a balanced film with better dimensional stability and less shrinkage is particularly important for some applications,” notes report author Simon King. “It is not surprising, then, that over the next five years most of the new BOPA film lines to be in- stalled are based on simultaneous stretching technology to meet the technical demands of these high end applications.” According to PCI, the global market con- sumed 230,000 metric tons of BOPA film in 2013 and over the next five years demand is expected to grow by a further 60,000 metric tons. A significant proportion of this growth is expected to come from emerging end uses requiring more balanced film properties. In response to the growing demand from customers, film producers are investing in new simultaneous biaxial orientation lines at such a rate that PCI estimates that 25 percent of the installed global BOPA film capacity will be using this type of technology by 2018, compared to only 16 percent in 2013. PCI’s report will be an invaluable tool to guide business planning, investment and future product developments. Based on original field research, it is the most recent and comprehensive report available on this niche market, providing historical data and highly detailed market analysis and statistics for 2013 and forecasts through to 2018. To learn more about World BOPA Film Mar- ket Trends to 2018 and to obtain a copy, visit www.pcifilms.com . Spartanburg, S.C. USA 1-800 -624-1985 www.laserengrave.com Engraving Quality Through Experience And Technology Laser Engraved Ceramic Anilox Service • High definition anilox engravings • Specialty engravings for your custom process laes to h/dloc , s e vis e h da , s gnita o C • application engravings htiw tsis s a o t e civre s lacinh c e T • your specification needs yrts u dni e ht ni e m it daeltsetr o h S • 18 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014