In thin wall packaging, plastic and lightweight materials provide an easy manufacturing process, enabling easy production of these products and saving production time and cost. As a result of utilizing resources at a better rate, higher cost-effectiveness ensues, and the product’s price decreases. The food & beverage sector employs this type of packaging most frequently. As the packaging industry pursues long-term growth and sustainability goals, such as recycling and adopting bio-based raw materials, the need for thin-wall packaging is increasing.
According to the market database, this form of packaging is prominent in food, beverage, dairy, and chemicals products. It also finds use in packaging products with thin walls for freezing, chilled, and ambient environments. The demand for non-food packaging, such as pails, detergent containers, cotton buds, and wipes containers, will substantially influence the market growth. A well-packaged product is more likely to be bought by consumers. The aesthetic quality of products enables the brand owners to differentiate their products in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, thereby enhancing product visibility and appeal to consumers. During the trade process, packaging profits are highly dependent on optimizing the manufacturing processes. It is highly cost-effective to manufacture thin-walled packaging because of its ability to dispense product in a single step, rapid flow, and reduced processing time.
Thin wall packaging offers increased stackability due to its reduced weight during storage. Moreover, this directly contributes to reduced floor space consumption during storage and transportation, thereby reducing storage costs. Additionally, the reduced risk of breakage during transportation, improved environmental performance, and recyclability contribute to increased demand.
Most thin wall packaging available in the market consists of polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, polyethylene, and glass. According to the market database, polypropylene packaging is stiff, transparent, steam barrier, and prevents corrosion on machinery. It is also known for quicker cycle times, excellent stack ability, and reusability. Thus it offers superior top-load performance.
Market database states that Polystyrene-based thin wall packaging is popular because of its superior insulation and resistance to moisture and pests. Further, it is lightweight, easy to process, and reduces environmental impacts, making it a popular choice among consumers and brand owners.
Innovative Thin-Wall Packaging from SABIC and KraussMaffei
According to the market database, the Thin-Wall Packaging Application Center in Näfels, Switzerland, was recently expanded by SABIC and KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG. As a part of this effort, the Application Center will enable technology-driven innovation across the entire value chain of the thin-walled packaging industry through closer collaboration.
The Application Center will enhance collaborations by improving communication with customers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The company, along with the customers and OEMs aim to use the application center to develop materials that improve mechanical performance, the efficiency of the process, and sustainability. As a result of material and process insights, the Netstal injection molding portfolio for packaging applications can continue to improve.
Netstal’s Application Center provides advanced tooling and testing equipment in addition to its injection molding, in-mold labeling, and part handling capabilities. In the first new SABIC installation, the company installed molding equipment to investigate injection compression molding options and test the mechanical properties of thin-wall packaging applications. According to the market database, the company demonstrates innovation, collaboration, and sustainability in helping customers achieve their goals and driving the industry forward.
Troxel to expand in Germany
Troxel, a foaming solutions company, demonstrated its MuCell P-Series for thin-wall packaging in Germany. The company has adapted its MuCell gas-dosing process to meet fast-cycling thin-wall packaging’s demanding requirements. MuCell P-Series enables lower part weights, reduced clamp tonnage, and lower injection pressures. In the MuCell, the Tip Dosing Module (TDM) is designed to be gentle with fiber-filled resins. This design provides greater output than traditional MuCell screws and requires less space. To easily upgrade an injection molding machine with MuCell, the smaller footprint of the TDM allows it to attach to an existing barrel instead of the endcap. The Thin Wall Packaging market and its 10-year business outlook can be understood using Global Market Database.