Engineering Materials

Food packaging

DSM performance materials: The perfect package

Innovative materials for food & water contact applications

Materials used for kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils and industrial food preparation applications need to meet strict food contact requirements as after water comes out of the tap it is considered food. Besides the strict local regulatory requirements, there are often challenging requirements in appliances, such as coffee machines for long-term use in contact with hot water or steam, or simply for high mechanical performance at elevated temperatures that prevent the use of commodity plastics. Even kitchen utensils, such as spatulas, pan handles, and cake ring slicers, need to meet high temperature mechanical and food contact requirements since these utensils are used for frying and baking.

High performance thermoplastic materials can help eliminate lead from these applications. A second advantage is that these plastics can offer further simplification of designs, reduction of weight, further downsizing and reduction of the total system costs by eliminating metal components. An important aspect of these plastics is a good level of the weldline strength and its retention after storage under the extreme use conditions.

Featured customer applications

Breathable Films for Food Packaging

Consumer goods | Food Packaging

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions, since it yields a breathable film that balances the application-specific gas mixture of O2 and CO₂, and the moisture inside the package

Food Packaging Films

Consumer goods | Food Packaging

Akulon® PA6 and Akulon® XS PA6 allow for reliable solutions since it yields high puncture resistance and high barrier properties for oxygen resulting in longer shelf lives and thus less food waste; Akulon® XS grades allow for cost effective solutions due to its unique processing characteristics as a result from its low crystallization rate and since it also enables better thermoforming and transparency, improved processing in blown-film through improved bubble stability, increased BUR and less curling in non-symmetrical film

Bio-based panliners

Consumer goods | Food Packaging

Arnitel® Eco TPC allows for more sustainable solutions, since it offers 65% CO₂ reduction compared to conventional materails and sincefood does not stick to the panliner made in Arnitel® Eco; Arnitel® Eco TPC allows for more reliable solutions due to its extremely durability and temperature resistance up to 200°C

Cooking Bag

Consumer goods | Food Packaging

Arnitel® TPC allows for reliable solutions due to its extreme elasticity, incredible strength and temperature resistamce up to 200°C; Arnitel® TPC allows for solutions with soft touch and feel; Arnitel® TPC allows for sustainable solutions, since the food does not stick to the package thereby reducing food waste

Smokable Sausage Casings

Consumer goods | Food Packaging

Arnitel® TPC and Akulon® PA6 allow for reliable solutions since they yield excellent smoke penetration leading to great taste and sausage structure and high quality; Arnitel® TPC and Akulon® PA6 allow for sustainable solutions, since they are free of substances of hazardous concerns and thus more environmentally friendly than cellulose casings

Akulon® XS enhances the potential for polyamide 6

Thanks to its improved crystallisation properties, Akulon XS has an extended processing window, providing new opportunities in designing co-extruded multi-layer as well as monolayer film structures.


Customer Case

Akulon® polyamide 6: The perfect package

Our Akulon polyamide 6 is used extensively for film extrusion in food, medical and industrial packaging thanks to its compelling blend of properties.

Akulon is fast becoming the material of choice for film formulators looking for an excellent barrier material that extends the shelf life of packaged food – and thus avoids the environmental and financial cost of food waste.

A scientific approach to building solutions

Our dedicated teams work closely with our customers to look at the entire process of developing new parts and components – whether it is a case of metal replacement, or developing solutions that are stronger, safer and more effective. Our methodical approach extends to every step of the process, from design and material performance to production and compliance.

  • Design

    Discover the new high-performing plastic solutions for the extreme demands of next-generation example.

  • Performance

    To ensure safety and part integrity, our high-performance plastics need to meet all of the relevant requirements for each application.

  • Production

    Improving on a part includes improving how it is produced. We can help you to improve the production and secondary operations processes.

  • Compliance

    Getting a part ready for commercialization includes ensuring compliance with the relevant regulations.

Food packaging: the brightest ideas that benefit everyone

At DSM we're combining our unique competences in life sciences and material sciences to create solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance. For the flexible food packaging industry we have some of the brightest ideas from which everyone, from consumer to processor, could benefit.

  • PA6 & PA66 - Akulon®

    Akulon polyamide 6 & 66 resins represent the best value in all-purpose engineering materials, offering an excellent balance of design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties in diverse operating environments.

  • TPC - Arnitel®

    Arnitel is a high-performance ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) that offers you a unique combination of flexibility, high temperature resistance and strength - plus excellent processing characteristics.

Featured products

With our broad, high-quality materials portfolio and in-depth technology know-how, we work in close collaboration with customers to develop new applications in response to the search for lighter, stronger and more durable materials.

Here's a selection of some of our most recognized brands and products, keeping you ahead of the curve and enabling you to lead the market through the use of cutting-edge technology.

Further reading

Akulon XS: designed for cost effective flexible food packaging solutions

ArnitelEco: The next generation of bio-performance materials

Frost & Sullivan lauds DSM's proprietary, high-efficiency barrier film product, Akulon XS

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