Honeywell expands moisture barrier film production

27-Mar-2008

US-based Honeywell is to expand production of Aclar film to meet growing demand for the clear, moisture-barrier material, which is used extensively in pharmaceutical packaging.

US-based Honeywell is to expand production of Aclar film to meet growing demand for the clear, moisture-barrier material, which is used extensively in pharmaceutical packaging.

An upgrade of existing production capability is expected to boost Aclar production by up to 23% by end of 2008 at the business' Pottsville, Pennsylvania, facility.

Aclar is a polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) fluoropolymer film that has excellent moisture barrier and chemical stability.

Aclar film is crystal clear, biochemically inert, chemical-resistant, nonflammable, and plasticider- and stabilizer-free.

"This is another step in our continued strategy to invest to meet the packaging needs of the pharmaceutical industry now and in the future," said Jeff Czarnecki, global segment leader for the specialty films segment of Honeywell Performance Products. Czarnecki noted that the business implemented productivity improvements at the Pottsville site in 2007, which also boosted capacity.

Rick Knight, global business manager for healthcare, said pharmaceutical companies worldwide continue to demand thermoformed packaging material with superior barrier capabilities. "Honeywell is committed to supporting pharmaceutical companies globally as they introduce new products to the marketplace," Knight said.

The announcement was made at pharmaceutical conference and exhibition INTERPHEX. The event focuses on leading-edge technology, education, and sourcing of products and services that drive scientific innovation for life sciences manufacturing.

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As part of its commitment to the pharmaceutical industry, Honeywell is continuing its technical training and educational series to address critical aspects of thermoform packaging. The program consists of half- and one-day workshops.

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