The manufacturing industry is one of the most technologically advanced businesses around the globe. Every single day, new challenges and problems are being solved that help to increase the flexibility of parts and how they are manufactured. The plastic extrusion industry is no exception. In fact, one of the newest developments in extrusion is the ability to use alternate materials to create extrusions, rather than simply relying on plastic and petroleum-based materials.
Pulp products and paper are the newest materials being used for extrusions. This development has created an entirely new layer of opportunity for the extrusion business. In fact, these materials have already been tested and are starting to see use in the wider consumer market.
The process started a few years ago when leading researchers took on the challenge of using environmentally friendly packaging instead of plastics for products such as water bottles. As you may know, millions of water bottles are discarded every single year without being recycled. Having a paper option that would stay solid for a long period of time, and yet be biodegradable is an asset to protecting the environment and would decrease the volume of trash in landfills.
With experimentation, these researchers have now devised a way for paper-based extrusions to be used for liquids and other materials. Extruded containers are created using a process that is very similar to current plastic extrusion processes. These new paper-based containers work for a wide variety of products.
The logical question is: How do paper-based products keep from leaking? The researchers solved this problem by forming clamshells whose exterior is paper or pulp-based, sealed with a thin plastic liner. Some of the products that you may find being used in these paper extrusions include certain brands of wine, pet products such as cat litter, a variety of different detergent brands and milk.
Contact Extrudex today to talk about these exciting developments in the extrusion industry. We would love to chat with you about your next custom extrusion project and how our technology can meet your needs.