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Potential of polymeric materials for packaging; L'impiego dei materiali polimerici nell'imballaggio

Abstract

Packaging preserves different kind of materials, from raw materials, and it plays an important role in the presentation of the products to the market, too. That's why packaging should be in charge of responding to marketing requirements by means of a proper design, effective colour choice and material, etc. Nowadays packaging is becoming more and more important in different fields. In Italy, it is a rapid growth of the packaging market and the companies involved are very competitive and efficient, in particular in some market segments. Concerning the application fields it can be asserted that packaging is mostly exploited in the food market which represents the 65% of the whole packaging market. Nearly all types of packaging use plastics as a part of their construction: lightness, chemical inertness, corrosion resistance, molding attitude, the good transparency to light, sound and mechanical insulation, etc. Focusing the attention to the horticultural market, growth in South of Italy in particular, examples of promising research fields to date are: developing of good barrier performance films; developing of suitable modified atmosphere packaging; developing of active plastic films, such as antimicrobic films or antioxidant films. The large amount of plastic films used for packaging create a large  More>>
Authors:
Lanchi, M [1] 
  1. ENEA, Divisione Nuovi Materiali, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2001
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
ENEA-RT-INN-01-11
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 2001
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; PACKAGING; POLYMERS; PLASTICS; MATERIALS RECOVERY; RECYCLING; MATERIALS TESTING
OSTI ID:
20238641
Research Organizations:
Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Dipartimento Innovazione, Rome (Italy)
Country of Origin:
Italy
Language:
Italian
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 1120-5571; TRN: IT0200378
Availability:
Available to ETDE participating countries only(see www.etde.org); commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20238641
Submitting Site:
ITA
Size:
96 pages
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Citation Formats

Lanchi, M. Potential of polymeric materials for packaging; L'impiego dei materiali polimerici nell'imballaggio. Italy: N. p., 2001. Web.
Lanchi, M. Potential of polymeric materials for packaging; L'impiego dei materiali polimerici nell'imballaggio. Italy.
Lanchi, M. 2001. "Potential of polymeric materials for packaging; L'impiego dei materiali polimerici nell'imballaggio." Italy.
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title = {Potential of polymeric materials for packaging; L'impiego dei materiali polimerici nell'imballaggio}
author = {Lanchi, M}
abstractNote = {Packaging preserves different kind of materials, from raw materials, and it plays an important role in the presentation of the products to the market, too. That's why packaging should be in charge of responding to marketing requirements by means of a proper design, effective colour choice and material, etc. Nowadays packaging is becoming more and more important in different fields. In Italy, it is a rapid growth of the packaging market and the companies involved are very competitive and efficient, in particular in some market segments. Concerning the application fields it can be asserted that packaging is mostly exploited in the food market which represents the 65% of the whole packaging market. Nearly all types of packaging use plastics as a part of their construction: lightness, chemical inertness, corrosion resistance, molding attitude, the good transparency to light, sound and mechanical insulation, etc. Focusing the attention to the horticultural market, growth in South of Italy in particular, examples of promising research fields to date are: developing of good barrier performance films; developing of suitable modified atmosphere packaging; developing of active plastic films, such as antimicrobic films or antioxidant films. The large amount of plastic films used for packaging create a large waste problem. This can be reduced by: optimising packaging design, avoiding the excessive use of plastics; improvising strength, moisture and heat stability per unit weight in order to reduce plastic waste volume; developing blend of plastics and bio-based polymer in order to increase the biodegradability of packaging after use. [Italian] L'imballaggio e' un prodotto adibito a contenere e a proteggere determinate merci, dalle materie prime ai prodotti finiti, a consentire la loro manipolazione e ad assicurare la loro presentazione. E' una realta' importante del mondo della produzione, delle strutture distributive e della vita quotidiana. Nell'ambito della produzione, l'industria italiana del packaging si colloca tra i settori piu' efficienti e competitivi. Per quanto riguarda i campi di utilizzo, la destinazione degli imballaggi e' principalmente verso il settore alimentare, che da solo copre una quota di circa il 42%, mentre, considerando anche il comparto delle bevande, tale quota sale al 65%. Le materie plastiche vengono largamente impiegate in questo settore, grazie alla proprieta' molto diversificate: leggerezza, inerzia e resistenza alla corrosione, facile formabilita', buona trasparenza, capacita' di attenuazione delle vibrazioni meccaniche e sonore, elevata conservabilita' nel tempo, elevate caratteristiche dielettriche, ecc. I numerosi metodi di trasformazione attualmente in uso e le diverse tecniche di lavorazione dei materiali polimerici consentono di ottenere i prodotti estremamente variegati. Restringendo il campo di interesse al settore agroalimentare, fortemente sviluppato nel sud-italia, si possono individuare numerose prospettive di crescita per i polimeri utilizzati nell'imballaggio: sviluppo di films polimerici a bassa permeabilita' e ad alta selettivita'; sviluppo della tecnologia dell'atmosfera modificata; sviluppo di films polimerici attivi quali i films antimicrobici o i films trasferitori di odore e di colore. Altra linea di ricerca promettente e' lo sviluppo di imballaggi in plastica ecocompatibili mediante la produzione di materiali ad alte prestazioni specifiche che riducano i volumi dei rifiuti e agevolino le operazioni di smaltimento, e/o la realizzazione di confezioni alimentari in materiale il piu' possibile biodegradabile, attraverso il ricorso a blend di plastiche e polimeri bioderivati.}
place = {Italy}
year = {2001}
month = {Jul}
}