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February 13, 2017 12:45 ET

Modernization in the global food industry is driving growth in the shrink packaging equipment market

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - PAC Machinery, a leader in the heat sealing and flexible packaging industry, announced today that they have completed their analysis of potential demand for shrink packaging in emerging nations. The analysis, conducted for their Clamco band of shrink packaging systems, points to growing demand for food packaging capital equipment.

Packaging is a key step in keeping food products safe to eat, plus proper packaging enables easier and more successful transportation of consumable products. Various types of packaging techniques are being adopted globally as a result of the growing desire for better, more wholesome food. When it comes to securing a food product from damage and improving its shelf life, shrink packaging using an L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel is playing an increasingly important role.

Shrink films are most often made of polyolefin, which is a clear polymer-based, thermoplastic film that shrinks in one direction (unidirectional) or both directions (bidirectional) when heated. The material will conform to the shape of any object around which it is wrapped. Shrink films are generally supplied in two forms: Flat roll stock, which can be wrapped around a product, or center-folded film that is supplied on a roll with the material folded in half. Using center-folded film, the product is placed on an L-bar sealer inside an "envelope" created by the fold with the film covering the top and bottom. The remaining edges are sealed and trimmed using a heated seal bar to form a bag. The package is then passed through a heated shrink tunnel causing the bag to shrink and conform to the product.

An L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel from Clamco, used in conjunction with shrink film, can form a very tight seal that is useful for safeguarding food products from many pests, airborne contaminants, and dust. It can protect food quality considerably. Shrink packaging is used commonly for food packaging in the industrialized nations. Analytics gathered by Clamco indicate interest in shrink packaging is growing in developing countries where access to packaged food is expanding beyond the local marketplace. A rise in industrial development in these countries may have a positive influence on the growth potential of the global packaging industry.

Improvements such as automated food manufacturing demand the use of modern packaging systems for contaminant-free packaging of finished products, thereby boosting the market growth for shrink packaging materials and equipment. Increasing food quality awareness among consumers plus a rise in environment concerns are making food manufacturers more conscious about following modern packaging practices, thereby fueling growth of the shrink packaging market.

Sustainability of the market for shrink packaging depends on the price and supply of polyolefin, which in turn depends on the price of raw materials, such as crude oil. The fluctuations in crude oil prices (and shrink film prices) could thus threaten the value chain of shrink packaging. Presence of big and small packaging firms has created a highly competitive environment in the overall packaging market, but the adoption of shrink packaging in growing economies is certain to continue.

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About PAC Machinery

PAC Machinery is a privately held company headquartered in San Rafael, California. The company manufactures equipment and materials that are used in the flexible packaging industry. Products include heat sealing equipment, vacuum sealers, automatic baggers, pre-opened bags on a roll, and shrink packaging systems. The company has had its roots in the packaging industry since the early 1950's, and now designs, manufactures and markets products through its family of companies: Packaging Aids, Vertrod, Clamco, and Converting Technology. PAC Machinery is the exclusive, North American distributor for Audion bag sealers. Manufacturing facilities are located in San Rafael, CA; Berea, OH; and Milwaukee, WI. Contact PAC Machinery at 25 Tiburon Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. Telephone (234) 222-1000. Email bobg@pacmachinery.com www.pacmachinery.com

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