Cosmo Films has launched a special BOPP film that enhances moisture resistance of cement bags. This film is used for laminating block bottom cement bags, which are made of woven PP material. The product is already in commercial use and finding traction with major cement brands.
The Indian cement industry has been struggling with a sizeable spoilage of total cement packed due to moisture and associated lump formation. The special film not only provides additional protection to the contents inside by adding moisture barrier, but also enhances the print quality of the printed material, thereby making it more appealing for the consumer. Being a 100 percent polyolefin structure, it is environment friendly and would further enhance the reusability of the bag.
Cosmo’s polypropylene based film bonds well with the woven PP fabric and also takes micro-perforation/nano embossing well. The laminated bag has excellent heat seal and hot tack properties and displays excellent machinability. Apart from the cement bags and other building materials, these laminated bags could be used to pack variety of staples such as rice, flour, sugar, pet foods, fertilizers and chemicals.
“India is (the) world’s second-largest cement producer after China with production estimates of approximately 300 million tons per year with production figures estimated to reach 407 million tons by fiscal year 2017,” says Pankaj Poddar, Cosmo Films CEO. “With only 15 percent of the cement being packed in block bottom bags, there is a huge potential in converting these bags into laminated ones and upgrading the traditional PP stitched bags as well. Laminated bags have already done well in Pakistan and Bangladesh and consumption is already on the rise in Indian market.”