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Packaging Technology by Henry Emblem, Anne Emblem

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Plastics manufacturing processes for packaging materials

A. Riley,     Arthur Riley Packaging Consultant International, UK

Abstract:

Polymers are finding new opportunities in packaging every day. The inventiveness of the polymer producer and the converting machinery manufacturer has seen plastics become the most used packaging material on a value basis. Plastic packaging is replacing metal retort cans, glass bottles, paperboard cartons and even corrugated cases. It provides barrier, ensuring food is kept safer for longer, reduces the weight of packaging, provides convenience, transparency where required, and still only uses less than 4% of oil resources. This chapter will provide the understanding of how polymers can be used on their own, ...

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