Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics partners with Syntegon to expand its portfolio of sustainable solutions for India

New all polyethylene recyclable pillow pouches made with Dow’s INNATE™ TF resins offer circular economy

Mumbai, India - March 24, 2021 – Dow P&SP has partnered with Syntegon Technology India (formerly known as Bosch Packaging Technology) to offer fully recyclable pillow pouch packaging in India. Syntegon’s vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) packaging machines are capable of successfully handling award winning INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation (TF-BOPE) to produce fully recyclable pillow pouches.

The 1kg capacity all-polyethylene (PE) pillow pouch is designed with INNATE TF films and ismade using Syntegon’s latest high-speed intermittent motion VFFS line, SVI 2600 and SVZ 1803AR. Both machines are equipped with PHS 2.0 sealing options and can produce 60 pouches per minute (p/min). This is a significant improvement compared to the current rate of 45 p/min for all PE pouches, and a timely response to an industry urgently looking for high performance mono-material packaging with a better environmental footprint for the India market. This initiative is aligned with Dow’s sustainability target to close the loop by enabling 100% of Dow products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable by 2035.

“Plastic waste is one of the most important and pressing sustainability issues of our time.Through this collaboration, we reiterate our commitment to designing products like INNATE TF resins that will enable a circular economy while increasing our impact through partnerships to end plastic waste in the environment. We are proud and excited to work with like-minded partners like Syntegon to offer better and more sustainable packaging options to India, and to help reduce the amount of plastics waste entering the environment,” said Vipul Babu, commercial director for India subcontinent, Dow P&SP. 

Mr. Nilesh Vedak, MD Syntegon Technology India said, “At Syntegon, we offer intelligent and sustainable solutions to our customers which are environmentally friendly and improve their product quality. We are happy to work with reliable partners like Dow P&SP to offer sustainable packaging solutions to our customers.”

Chandra Prasad, executive director of Syntegon India also commented, “At Syntegon we offer proven solutions in partnership with material suppliers like Dow P&SP ensuring sustainability without compromise – maintaining bag quality, production speed and right barrier to ensure shelf life.”

The future of sustainable packaging

Compared to traditional polyethylene (PE) films, the TF-BOPE film made with INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation has higher mechanical properties and material rigidity, better optical and printing performance, and offers considerable sustainability advantages, including the potential for all-PE structures for recyclability.

Films made using INNATE™ TF resins demonstrate many impressive properties including:

  • Excellent aesthetics, printability and optical properties as transparency and glossiness
  • Up to 80% less haze compared to traditional PE films
  • 2X impact strength and tensile modulus
  • 3X puncture resistance and tensile strength of traditional blown PE films
  • Excellent flex crack resistance, even under low temperature
  • Good tear ability for convenience-in-use

This is P&SP’s second successful collaboration with Syntegon, following the launch of its allPE laminate made using INNATE™ and RETAIN™ resins for the flexible packaging market in India in 2016.

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver high performing technologies for end use markets in food packaging, personal hygiene, infrastructure, consumer goods and transportation. P&SP is one of the world’s largest producers of polyethylene resins, functional polymers, and adhesives, and enabled by Pack Studios, is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on sustainable application development and circular economy life-cycle design for plastics.

About Syntegon Technology

Syntegon Technology is a leading, global, process and packaging technology provider. Formerly the packaging division of the Bosch Group, the company, headquartered in Waiblingen (Germany), has been offering complete solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries for over 50 years. More than 6,100 employees at 30 locations in more than 15 countries generated a total revenue of 1.3 billion euros in 2019. The portfolio of intelligent and sustainable technologies includes stand-alone machines as well as complete systems and services. Fields of application in the pharmaceutical industry are the production, processing, filling, inspection, and packaging of liquid and solid pharmaceuticals (e.g., syringes and capsules). In the food industry, the portfolio includes process technology for confectionery as well as packaging solutions for dry foods (e.g., bars, bakery products, and coffee), frozen foods, and dairy products.