SHRINK SLEEVES LABELS
Now Plastics may be the only company in North America which can supply its customers
with the complete range of substrates which are available for the very fast growing
market of high quality full body shrink sleeves for bottles.
The following products are available to printers and convrters of shrink sleeves:
PVC 40 micron (1.6 mil) and up Shrink rates currently to 66% (Best in the
market) (see below for product development -
PET 45 micron (1.8 mil) and up Shrink rates close to 80%: very low MD shrink to
OPS 40 micron (1.6 mil) and up Shrink rates approximately 76%
PLA 40 micron (1.6 mil) and up Shrink rates close to 75%
BOPP 20 micron (0.8 mil) and up Shrink rates renging from 6% to 15%
While PVC continues to receive a mixed bag of good and bad press because of its
perceived toxicity, it continues to dominate the marketplace because it provides
printers and converters with the most flexibility and frendliness in terms of
its printability, seaming and controlled shrink rates and the lowestoverall cost
Now Plastics, along with their partner Alfatherm, SpA of italy is pleased to
announce a 3 fold increase in capacity for North America and Europe due to the
newest advance technology manufacturing line of PVC shrink, which is targeted
for both the shrink sleeve market and also tamper evident bands. The new calendaring
line will offer noteworthy advantages over many traditional shrink sleeve films.
Alfatherm's film production integrates, in one line, the calendaring process
and stretching unit which gives significant benefits in term of film quality including
superior gauge control, planarity and roll profile. Further, there is a 100% scanning
system in place which detects and removes film defects which can go undetected
by other manufacturing processes.
The advantages of this film, for lables, are that it will shrink and stretch
perfectly to adhere to various types of containers including glass, plactic and
aluminum. It will maximize printable surfaces to improve aesthetics and reduce
costs. Additionally, our film has the following advantages over the competition:
Shrinkage curve - our film has more controllable shrink rates, warrantied up to 66%, which is
the best in the market
Higher shrink initiation tempertures - our film starts to shrink only at ___degrees C, which eliminates the need
for special refrigerated storage conditions and refrigerated trucking.
No plasticizers - this eliminates a key element which gives PVC its negative reputation and
adds a nice rigidity to our film
UV brightener- available upon request
Machine direction shrink - we have the ability to supply high shrink film for the machine direction,
for use as a substitute for wrap around lable applications
K231 - low shrink rates, up to ___%; for low demand lable applications and wine capsules
K236 - medium shrink rates up to ___%
K238 - high shrink rates up to 66%
New developments for late 2007 - Alatherm continues to be at the forefront of innovation in this industry. During
either the third or fourth quarter of 2007, we expext to introduce two exciting
Ultra - shrink PVC - shrink rates up to 72% which will allow converters to use
PVC rather than PET, OPS or in some cases PLA.
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Polyester has increased its market share in the shrink sleeve market because
it is viewed as more environmentally friendly than PVC, but more importantly it
can achieve much higher shrink rates - up to 76%. While PET generally will cost
more per square inch than PVC, it can be viewed as the substrate of choice when
the end application is a PET bottle or recycling of different substrates causes
an issue. PET is highly printable. However, the shrink curve can be exaggerated
and thus difficult to control.
Our PET shrinkable film affords the following advantages:
Shrink curve which provides transverse direction (TD) shrinkage as high as any
Low machine direction (MD) shrink - this is a huge advantage for converting certain
types of bottles where creepage
Domestic supply - shorter lead times and more flexable storage arrangements
Oriented poly-styrene is one of the newer substrates used in the market. OPS
provides a distinct advantage over PET because it is molecular weight is lower
than both PVC and PET by over 25%, so the price per square inch is generally lower
for OPS vs. PET. But OPS vs. PVC is highly competitive, and OPS, while deemed
economically friendly, it is not as easy as PVC to handle and require special
shipping and storage conditions because the shrink initiation temperatures are
Our films are available from 40 micron (1.6 mil) and up to 75 micron (3.0 mil).
We also assist the converter with recommendations on specific ink types and other
processing conditions to provide the easiest transition possible.
Poly-lactic acid (PLA) based films are made from renewable resources (such as
corn starch) and are degradable so they are considered the most environmentally
friendly product. These films are relatively new and show tremendous promise for
the future, and probably will become a better alternative to OPS. If cost is not
the overriding determinant, then PLA is a viable option. Generally, PLA films
will have the higher cost per square inch. We offer currently a PLA film which
can shrink to ___%.