Because product protection and clarity are critical needs for food merchandising and point-of-sale impact, APET is a good choice when it comes to retail food packaging. Unfortunately, an historic lack of sufficiently dedicated capacity and inefficiencies in the manufacturing and logistics of delivering the finished package have hindered its growth.
Nevertheless, APET is now the fastest-growing material in the clear rigid packaging segment because it combines clarity, gloss, and mechanical toughness—all key factors when it comes to the packaging of food—and it has real potential to deliver greater efficiency.
With dedicated capacity and supply of APET with uniform gloss and clarity and improved gauge control now available, thermoformers can achieve superior levels of productivity, significantly higher yields, and consistent end-tray quality. With gauge held to less than one percent variation, a new standard in APET sheet, packaging manufacturers now know precisely how many trays they will produce per ton of APET without having to worry about unpredictable thin spots. This advantage reduces per piece end-tray costs.
Taken together, these improvements can mean savings of three to eight percent for thermoformers, dramatically improving the economics of delivering APET clear rigid packaging and facilitating conversion to APET in applications where its benefits make it the material of choice.
Barenberg is the chief operating officer at Octal Holding and Company, a manufacturer of APET packaging. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (972) 985-4370.