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MAY 2012

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on-site Nimble production permits fast turnarounds, allowing Copol to carve a niche in the CPP market. Pictured here are David Sawler (left), Copol's v.p. of business/product development, and Denis Lanoƫ, v.p. of operations and general manager. Better, Not Bigger, Is How Copol Wins In CPP Film By James J. Callari, Editorial Director For Copol International Ltd., the future is all about providing highly customized cast polypropylene (CPP) film. So, for that matter, is the past and present. Since its start-up date 20 years ago, when it took over a plant in in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada) that had been producing PVC stretch film, Copol (copolinterna- tional.com) has been about CPP and only CPP. In North America, CPP is not as widely known as its so- called big brother, biaxially oriented PP (BOPP). That said, CPP film has been penetrating traditional packaging and non- 46 MAY 2012 PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY packaging applications. These range from side-weld-seal bags to stand-up reclosable pouches, candy twist wrap, document protection, and sophisticated multi-layer laminations. CPP also can be metalized for barrier applications where product shelf- life is a key factor. CPP film is known for its high gloss, exceptional optics, excellent heat-seal performance, high heat resistance, good dimensional stability and barrier properties, pliability, and excellent printability. These performance factors are combined with outstanding yield and economics. "CPP delivers a unique set of properties, notably high-tem- perature resistance and excellent stiffness and clarity," notes Denis Lanoƫ, Copol's v.p of operations and general manager. "This is the marketplace niche on which we are focused. And by

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