Recent innovations in barrier technologies for plastic packaging—a review
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Packaging Technology and Science
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 149–158, July/August 2003
How to Cite
Lange, J. and Wyser, Y. (2003), Recent innovations in barrier technologies for plastic packaging—a review. Packag. Technol. Sci., 16: 149–158. doi: 10.1002/pts.621
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2003
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Revised: 26 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAR 2002
- barrier polymer;
- vacuum-deposited coating;
The barrier solutions presently available on the market all have their drawbacks, e.g. cost, water-sensitivity, opacity or perceived environmental bad-will. At the same time there is a trend to use more plastic-based packaging materials for different applications, e.g. as replacements for metal and glass containers. This situation has stimulated the industry to provide new, more efficient barrier solutions. The innovations go along five major lines: (a) thin, transparent vacuum-deposited coatings; (b) new barrier polymers as discrete layers; (c) blends of barrier polymers and standard polymers; (d) organic barrier coatings; and (e) nanocomposite materials. This paper provides a comprehensive review of the different approaches, outlining the principle behind each barrier technology, its performance, its potential and the companies developing and producing the materials. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.