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Use Of Opp Film In India For Packaging: Globally Opp Is 3 Times Higher Than Pet Film But In India, Its Almost Same

Other day at the airport, I met an old friend of mine. he is also from the packaging field and we then started talking about OPP film use in India. While we looked at the numbers on rough basis, what we found is quite interesting:  the global capacity of PET film is approx 1800 thosand tonees while OPP is approx 5500 thosand  tonnes annually. When we look at the same comparison in India, PET film capacity is approx 300 thosand tonees and OPP film capacity is 250 thosand tonnes.


So did you notice that globally OPP is films is used more than 3 times than PET film while in India its even less than PET film.


I do not know what is the reason behind such a big difference. Earlier I used to think, it due to machineability but now its more than 20 years that OPP is popular in India and all such printability, machineability issues have found the solutions. So any idea why such a big difference when we look globally?



  • Dharmendra Khanolkar June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: PP is much more stable and easier to process that PET.  The wear and taber abrasion properties of PP are far superior to PET.   DK

  • Sid June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: The major reason as I see is the availability (ease) of Pet compared to Bopp. Also the unorganised sector converters prefer to market Pet as it is easy to procure, store and slit to required size.. Also prices are more transparent than for OPP films!!

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hello Sid, I can understand the reason ov availablity, ease of handling but what do you mean by the transparent prices? I am not clear on this point.

  • mmpack01 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Mr Goyal. This is Mahesh Gupta ,working in this industry since 1980 ..started from  Garware. i am a consultant now in the Flexible packaging Industry ,Based in singapore. as Per me ,from the begining Garware or we taught all the converters Good thing about the PET and it is more bright and shiny ,Indian people like this Property . PET films were also chepaer in India due to Local production of chips and know from Garware. but I am sure in due course BOPP will take over PET due to its many advantages over PET

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Thank you Mr Gupta for sharing your experience. When you say that BOPP would take over PET in due course due to its many advantages, can you please list some of the advantages that you think would make the difference?

  • Yogesh Bohra June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear participants, I feel the BOPP film quality has not improved to an extent so as to replace Polyester film especially processibility . Poor notch and narrow sealing range  the product is not suitable for thicker laminates. Can somebody tell me what quality is available abroad to overcome these issues. Yogesh Bohra

  • nagender June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: It makes business sense to use OPP in place of PET as it gives a higher yeild of  37 % per KG( for same micron). Hinderances as on today in India are  1) Non availability( in different sizes/mircon.) 2) Poor printability( surface energy/treatment) compared to PET. 2) Poor clarity than PET.. Hope the above issues will be resolved and everybody gains by using OPP( business wise( more yeild) & environment wise( less consumption per ton of packaging material).

  • Amit Sharma June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi everybody, Agreed with Nagender and the concept of machinability issues shared by Sandeep Sir . My feeling about Indian Converting industry is that  there are only few corporate player in the field of flexibles having machineries and manpower who knows the importance of laminate structure for different products..But major part of laminates is prepared by unorganised set of convertors almost 55-60% of total laminates is manufactured by them by very old machineries where temperature control is not good. 1)If the temperatuere increases beyond 75 deg cel. BOPP film tends to shrink by the edges(major issue) but such problems are not associated while using PET. 2)We cannot store BOPP film for a long time because with time the surface energy reduces gradually which hempers the wettability property of adhesives and the outcomes are lowbond strength & delamination issues. Therefore POLYESTER is RAMBANN(Ultimate sol.) in India.

  • win win June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Both material can be interchangeably used i think. Depends on the availability of the material. Advantages of PET that i notice is in Printing, It (12 micron film) can have more length per roll, so u have less waste due to changing rolls. It is more convenient for the rotogravure operators. However it is very thin, technically more difficult to print than BOPP. Any major technical difference anyone can share ? Say If u currently supplying PET laminated with PE (12mic/37mic) , what problem will i face, say if i replace with BOPP (20mic/25mic) when PET is difficult to get?

  • Amit Sharma June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear WIN WIN, Not agreed with the statement of yours :<strong><em>Advantages of PET that i notice is in Printing, It (12 micron film) can have more length per roll, so u have less waste due to changing rolls. It is more convenient for the rotogravure operators</em></strong>. When you are compairing PET (12 mic) and BOPP (15 mic) rolls of the same weight and width the length per roll will be higher in BOPP.It is due to the density difference. Density of PET is 1.41 whereas density of BOPP film is 0.9 so it is quite obvious that you will get more length while using BOPP film. &#160;

  • madhukar_ropar101 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">Hello Everybody,</font></font></span> <span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">I think the reasons behind the higher usage of BOPP in global market than India are </font></font></span> <font color="#000000"><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><span><font size="3">1)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'times new roman'">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3">More usage of BOPP as monolayer structures in global market. As the convertibility of higher micron BOPP are much easier than that of BOPET. Mileage and heal sealing are added advantages.</font></span></font> <font color="#000000"><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><span><font size="3">2)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'times new roman'">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3">Versatility of BOPP is the key to its higher consumption. In India BOPP is used many as a commodity film whereas in globally BOPP is used as a specialty film with a whole lot of space for improvements (ultra high barrier with low WVTR and OTR values, Very low &amp; ultra low seal with very high sealing strength, varying densities &amp; forms)&#160;. There is a very little space for alteration in properties as per special requirements in case of BOPET. <span>&#160;</span><span>&#160;</span></font></span></font> <font color="#000000"><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><span><font size="3">3)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'times new roman'">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3">Converters / end users awareness and government initiative for environmental concerns leads to more and more usage of single web structures and laminates made of single type of material. BOPET lags behind BOPP in this race also as modifications are restricted in BOPET. </font></span></font> <font color="#000000"><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><span><font size="3">4)</font><span style="font: 7pt 'times new roman'">&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </span></span></span><span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font size="3">Hindrance to change what is running from past (mind setup), lack of technology and technical knowledge at core level are major contributing factors for more usage to BOPET in Indian market over BOPP.</font></span></font> <span style="font-family: 'arial narrow', 'sans-serif'"><font color="#000000" size="3">&#160;</font></span>

  • Sanjv Yadav June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <span style="font-family: 'arial narrow','sans-serif'"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"> &#160; &#160; <span style="font-size: 11pt;line-height: 115%;font-family: 'arial narrow','sans-serif'">Thanks Mr DK for your inputs, in fact there are a lot of parameters upon which BOPP have advantage but Indian packaging industry perceive it in a different way. We have to spread awareness for this.&#160;We are&#160;preparing a&#160; note&#160;for the same&#160;which I&#160;will be sharing in the forum&#160;shortly.</span> &#160; </font></font></span>

  • Jyoti June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: &#160; Dear friends ,&#160;Price being the important consideration while purchasing a product if we compare 18&#181; Plain BOPP price&#160; VS 12&#181; Plain PET&#160;price there is a diffrence of&#160; Rs 50/kg &amp; per sqm price workouts to be&#160; Rs 0.9 &amp; their is yield advantage in BOPP also ..........If BOPP has such a price advantage ,then why Market doesnot shift from PET&#160;to BOPP&#160;???

  • Sanjeev Yadav June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Participants, I am Sanjeev Yadav from Max Speiciality Films, as I am from the BOPP industry so I am responding to the comments as below: Today; Bopp is available in abundance, all BOPP manufacturers offer any size and all big dealers also have slitting machines, which can provide BOPP film in any required size. For storage only thing to be taken care of is we have to keep BOPP rolls in original packing under the shade. Prices of BOPP per square meter are even lesser than that of PET; please refer Ms. Jyoti's comments. <span>Dear Mr. Mahesh Gupta, its ok that PET looks brighter and shiny than OPP but if you go by Gloss level there is only a marginal difference of gloss level between the two. BOPP is well accepted by global converter &amp; end users without any adverse reporting on gloss level or shelf appearance. Dear Mr Goyal, following are some of the advantages of BOPP: . Better barrier to Moisture · High yield · Heat Sealable · Eco friendly · Light weight · Good recyclability Dear Amit as far as the surface treatment level is concern, please note that there are lot of inks and adhesives available today which runs well on BOPP film surface having treatment level even as low as 36 dyne/cm. Shelf life of BOPP w.r.t. treatment retention is as under: Plain BOPP : 8 months Sealable BOPP : 1.5 Year Thanks for your response.

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: while we are talking about BOPP in such details, we met a user company yesterday. We discussed with them about various consulting projects and asked them whether they use the BOPP. They said that they do use it but always face problems in printing. They never get consistently good quality of printing and asked us if we could recommend some good converters in India. So do you have any suggestions based on your experience?

  • Sanjeev Yadav June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Sir, In near future Indian converting industry will be hub for Global requirement. Our converters are exporting&#160; to first world countries that by itself is substantiation of their capabilities and strengths. Converters are UFlex, PPL, ITC, Positive, Paharpur industries and many more. They are processing tons of BOPP films without any printing issues. Regards&#160; Sanjeev Yadav

  • madhukar_ropar101 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Sir, The statement "Never get consistently good quality of printing" while using BOPP is quite unbelievable and surprising. Can you please elaborate the problems faced by the end user while printing on BOPP? Does they face problem of print miss-registration or unable to have good print shade or unable to have a print at all? Also please inform regarding the printing method being adopted etc so as to understand the problem and provide suggestions. Regards, Madhukar.

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Madhukar, I do not know their exact problems but we will request them to join the discussions so that better clarity can be achieved for everybody&#39;s benefits, thank you, Sandeep Goyal

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Those who would like to know more about BOPP, there is an interesrting PowerPoint presentation that can be downlaoded at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>&#160;&#160; This is at P-Exchange where you can discuss/reply by adding your technical files, presentations, pictures altogether.

  • Inder Malhotra June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi all! Firstly congrats to all puples who joined discussion. Seriously never expected such wonderful comments from india. Yes its true OPP films are global leader in flexible industry and time had arrived when indian converters also understand use of Bopp instead of Pet. Today price of pet had increased in big way if iam not wrong its almost 100% increased in price in last 2 months. Due to this converters are moving gradually to bopp 18-20 micron. We ourself are totaly diverted to bopp n belive me i didnt find any single difficulty at all at any stage of process neither our customer.

  • gojha01 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear all, For higher BOPP film consumption, what i understand is that the consumption of packaged food is very high in abroad. We can not pack anything like bread or vegetables in PET film where BOPP is in high demand for the application. In our country,we still consuming daily cooked food and our consumption of plastic packaging is less as compared to others. This is the one of the main reason why we are not consuming more BOPP. Secondly,Gutka(Pan masala/tobacco)&#160;market where we have to have a laminate which is having good barrier (Oxygen/moisture) ,altogether is PET film. We can not replace Gutka market by BOPP and the consumption %&#160;of laminate is very high in this segment. As on date 70% of the population is in rural or semi urban area and they prefer to buy fresh vegetables from near by area.&#160; Whereas in abrod the fruits and vegetables are wrapped with antifog BOPP or whatever plastic pack. This segment is consuming almost nil in India. BOPP is also growing in India,&#160;Industries &#160;are increasing their&#160; capacity.Why?, we have the segment like bags,overwrap application where we can not replace BOPP with PET. Like labels , icecram packing,PET film is not developed.This market will grow once, the habit of junk food intake will increase in India. The conclusion is ,we can not compare the BOPP and PET films for common application as the global consumption difference is depending the people habit in India

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Thank you for your detailed analysis. I think what you say is partially true but the other big factor is awareness of BOPP in India All big retail stores like Walmart in US have fruits &amp; vegetables in open area, people just pick them, put into a PE bag next to the item, weigh themselves, put a barcode sticker and take to payment area. So this is the big area and no BOPP nor any PET there. Yes, Gutka is big segment in India and I think we can address that by using barrier OPP. I think the bigger issue is the penetration of flexibles in India. We still see the big markets everywhere in the country like Crawford market in Mumbai selling loose lentils, loose spices, loose tea, loose saltry snacks at Iyenger Bakeries in south. If we address those areas then I think we can open another big market

  • KISHORE KHAPARE June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: It is very simple&#160;out side the india Beside printing customer prefers PP ( BOPP or CPP) in sealing area instead of PE, that`s why its consumption is more &#160;

  • Vasanthan,S June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi everybody, &#160;&#160;&#160; A right discussion at the right time. The prices of PET is going up like a rocket. Anybody know the reason?Next,&#160;while using OPP we are not facing any difficulties in printing and sealing. But how abt the strength of the Pouch. We are supplying &#160;Pouches for packing Salt. During Packing the ladies will pack the salt and throw, as they have to go fast. Whether any chance of breakage for BOPP Pouches. Also, the packets will be packed in 25 Kg sack and ready for transportation. As the salt is heavy material, whether any chance of breakage during loading and unloading. How abt the strength? I think, Mr.Sanjeev Yadav ,&#160;being from BOPP industry area you may be the right person to understand and answer my problems. Anybody else who can help me, can give your valuable suggestions

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <p>In general, BOPP pouches should be betetr for salt as BOPP would offer better moisture protection, Now the point of strength, in general, there is no such problem but the best thing would be to take a quick trial. Once the BOPP is laminated to PE, there are very little chances of perforaming it poorer than your current PET/PE pouches.</p>

  • gojha01 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Yes, BOPP can be used for salt packing. For better strength we will have to add LLDPE in sealable PE film.

  • gojha01 June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: please add the following in my previous mail. Also, we&#160; need to have better material handling like carton packing.

  • mustafa150901mu... June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Friends, I am quite new to this website and found it to be very interesting. I have a query, can CPP be a replacement of PET films. Has anybody tried this, any experience opinions. &#160; thanks, Mustafa K

  • isaac thomas June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: can somebody tell me about monoaxially oriented PP(MOPP)? is it produced and used in India?

  • Sanjeev Yadav June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Dear Mustafa K</span> <span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif">Special grades of BOPP can replace PET in many applications as BOPP have excellent barrier, optics and stiffness compare to CPP and we have this product.</span> <span>&#160;</span> <span>&#160;</span>

  • Sanjeev Yadav June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Isaac Thomas, Momoaxially oriented PP is known as cast PP (CPP) and it is produced in India at small scale. &#160; Regards,

  • leonard June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <a href="http://nil" rel="nofollow"><em>Hi</em></a> everyone, I am leonard ho from Polyseed Malaysia. I would like to setup a consultancy service for the plastic film industries and looking for anyone whom are interest to joint us as full and part time. <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> is the exclusive agent for 7 MNC and also the largest stockist in Malaysia with slittig service. Reference to Bopp vs Pet, generally ppl in Aisan use Pet for speed and better print quality but with recent price hike, we expect some shift to pet to happen soon. Indeed, India seen to be short of Bopp while China had many line is not running due to lack of order.... I am sure China will continue to increase line even the order is slow, reason for the additional line is due to many line are order to get loan then to run operation, hence i expect China avaliablity to remain high. <a href="http://nil" rel="nofollow"><em>Mahesh Gupta</em></a>&#160;- can you pls contact me +60192289377, thanks

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">MUMBAI (ICIS)--Prices of biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) film in India look set to continue rising through to 2011 amid increased demand and tight supply, industry sources said on Monday.</span> <i><span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: red;font-size: 7.5pt">The benchmark 12 micron BOPET could hit Rs240-250/kg ($5,407-5,631/tonne) this month&#160;from around Rs227/kg in end-September, after nearly doubling its value&#160;from the start of the year because of&#160;strong demand, they said.</span></i> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">Domestic demand was expected to grow nearly 25% annually in the next two years as new uses for BOPET emerge, industry sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">BOPET is a polyester film with applications in packaged foods, solar power cells, touch-screen panels of mobile phones and flat screen televisions. </span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">An increase in the use of the material in non-traditional areas such as garment embroidery, along with exports to the US and Europe&#160;- where&#160;BOPET production had started to fall -&#160;ate into available domestic supply, causing prices to shoot up, industry sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#160;&#8220;Production capacities in the matured markets of USA, Europe and Japan are declining and large growth is being witnessed in Asia where capacity increase is continuing,&#8221; major Indian producer Jindal Polyfilms said on its website.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;Many polyester film producers in the mature markets are shifting towards making specialty products,&#8221; said a source at an Indian film producer with operations in India, Middle East and South America. </span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">But in Asia, demand for BOPET was growing at a fast pace in the past few months, driven by the region&#8217;s stronger economic growth, industry sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">The region was expected to account for 60% of worldwide BOPET film sales over the next year, according to the website of Jindal Polyfilms.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;Rapid economic growth in India and China is creating larger opportunities for the use of flexible packaging film,&#8221; said the source.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">BOPET&#8217;s price spike, however, was hurting plastic converters as they had to deal with higher production overhead, industry sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;We are suffering,&#8221; said a source at a major Indian converter, citing that the price increased had been gradual and reasonable this year until June, when values started their rapid increase.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">Converters alleged that Indian polyester film producers had formed a cartel of sorts with all the companies quoting similar prices, leaving converters with no options but to buy film at the high rates.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">The polyester film producers, on the other hand, said that the strong demand dictated the strong prices.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;Some converters are increasingly moving towards biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film as it is a cheaper alternative. In some cases, converters are trying to replace metallized polyester film with metallized BOPP or even aluminium foil, which is cheaper,&#8221; said the source at the Indian converter.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">BOPP film prices have remained more or less stable in the past eight to nine months, with the benchmark 18 micron BOPP film, costing around Rs114/kg due to ample supply, market sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;In addition to existing BOPP producers, most polyester film producers are also setting up BOPP production facilities, which has led to increased capacity in the market,&#8221; said the polyester film producer.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">However, though BOPP film is cheaper, not all converters have been able to make the shift since machine specifications could not be changed overnight and there were some applications that BOPP could not substitute for BOPET, industry sources said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;If BOPET film prices rise beyond Rs250/kg, it could damage the downstream industry especially the packaging sector,&#8221; said the source at an Indian converter, citing that converters may not be able to pass on the higher cost to customers.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">Some market players, however, said that the spike in BOPET prices may not extend up to two years as others believed.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#160;&#8220;There is increased capacity coming into the market. Many of the existing producers are also increasing their capacity, so at most this spike in prices may last for six to seven months more,&#8221; the first film producer said.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">&#8220;There is huge capacity coming up in China, which should increase availability [of BOPET] by next year. So hopefully, we will be able to see a drop in prices,&#8221; said the converter.</span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt">($1 = Rs44.39)</span>

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">DUBAI (ICIS)--Asian </font><a href="" title="blocked:: terephthalate.html" rel="nofollow"><font color="#983738" face="">polyethylene terephthalate</font></a><font face=""> (PET) bottle-grade chip prices climbed to&#160;four-month highs above $1,300/tonne (&#8364;936/tonne) and the uptrend is likely to continue amid surging feedstock costs, industry sources said on Wednesday.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">PET bottle-grade chips are used in&#160;plastic bottles for mineral water and other beverages, and are also used as feedstock for </font><a href="" title="blocked:: terephthalate.html" rel="nofollow"><font color="#983738" face="">polyester</font></a><font face="">&#160;fibre production. Demand was just stable, particularly coming from the beverage sector, industry sources said.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">Last Friday, spot prices of the material&#160;were assessed at&#160;$1,300-1,310/tonne FOB (free on board) Korea and/or China&#160;- the highest level&#160;hit since late-May 2010, based on <strong><span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif'">ICIS</span></strong> data.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">&#8220;The PET spot market now is mainly cost-pushed as the raw material costs surge became too fast for PET producers to keep up with,&#8221; said a major Korean PET producer.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">&#8220;It looks like the current pricing mechanism no longer takes supply-demand fundamentals into consideration,&#8221; said another source from China Resources. &#8220;Demand becomes secondary now,&#8221; he added.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">On Monday, the prices of raw material </font><a href="" title="blocked:: acid.html" rel="nofollow"><font color="#983738" face="">purified terephthalic acid</font></a><font face=""> (PTA) prices were at $1,010-1,030/tonne CFR (cost and freight) CMP (China Main Port), representing a month-on-month increase of about 14%, based on ICIS data.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">Another feedstock - </font><a href="" title="blocked:: Glycol, Mono.html" rel="nofollow"><font color="#983738" face="">monoethylene glycol</font></a><font face=""> (MEG) had a 20% month-on-month jump in values to around $945-960/tonne CFR CMP, according to the same data.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">&#8220;The immediate concern for PET producers will be whether they can pass on the surging feedstocks costs,&#8221; said a source at Indorama, a major southeast Asian producer.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">A regional rader said: &#8220;Bottle chip producers remained very passive during this round of price hike, as the key reason for escalating PTA and MEG prices was the brisk demand from key downstream polyester fibre and yarn markets.&quot;</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">The bulk&#160;of PTA and MEG&#160;output in the region&#160;goes into textile production.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">Prices of downstream products were also&#160;following the upward trend. In China, polyester filament yarn values&#160;increased (CNY) 300-600/tonne right after market players returned from their long holidays on 8 October.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">Polyester staple fibre prices also shot up,&#160;partly&#160;bolstered by a&#160;</font><a href="" title="blocked::" rel="nofollow"><font color="#983738" face="">shortage&#160;of&#160;cotton</font></a><font face=""> - a key substitute material, market sources said.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">On the other hand, demand for bottle chips remained relatively stable,&#160;with some buyers&#160;hesitating to procure material&#160;given the sudden jump in spot prices, traders and producers said.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">&#8220;Spot demand from Europe was particularly strong during the past couple of weeks in anticipation of higher PET prices in Europe&#160;and [a] stronger euro against US dollar,&#8221; said a trader based in northeast Asia.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">From the appreciation of the euro alone, industry players said they estimated an increment of at least $50/tonne in bid prices.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">&#8220;Raw material prices will remain on an uptrend, judging by the current market fundamentals,&quot; said a source at a major Taiwanese PET producer, citing that producers could even resort to&#160;cutting back&#160;production&#160;just&#160;to protect their margins.</font></span> <span style="font-family: 'verdana', 'sans-serif';color: #333333;font-size: 6.5pt"><font face="">($1 = &#8364;0.72) &#160;</font></span> &#160; &#160;

  • Vasanthan,S June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi Everybody, &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I am from Sivakasi, the crackers City. Here the PET price was 280/=(inclusive of Excise and exclusive of VAT) till last Saturday(13.11.10) But suddenly the rate had fallen steeply to Rs 235/=(---------------------&#160; DO-------------------------) on 15.11.10. It was a pleasant shock to the enterpreneurs. My doubtful question is whether this Downtrend will continue or not? Any body has details.

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: I think this is simple demand and supply. Earlier due to Deepawali, requirements were high and quite possoble that manufactureres would be trying to encash the festival opportunity. Since now there is no immediate high requirement, prices have started coming down but Iguess it would not go too low.

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    Comment: Heya web master. I like your post about this article PackagingConnections | Use of OPP film in India for packaging: Globally OPP is 3 times higher than PET film but in India, its almost same. But i've got a question around this kind of subject: Would you work with a seperate publishing platform or do you publish your blogs within the wordpress admin? If you post your answer below mine, i will check this out within the next few days.. Thanks

  • pradeep222gupta... June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: I am agreed with Mr. Goel &amp; others.You know in India 70-80% converters are non technical &amp; having the business policy (printing/lamination,sliting then dispatch the laminate) also not follow the minimum requirement of manufacturing process.The having the policy any how to make cheepar cost laminate with out any tension with the help of non trend&#160;opretar &amp; workers. But it a good platform for discussion. Please let me know what is opction for gutka/Pan masala packing bcoz supreem cort object (PET/MET PET/POLY) laminate in very soon. Thanks

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  • MEHUL June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi, This is very good discussion, We are manufacture of spices and currently we are using 12 micron metalic pet + 25 micron transparent ldpe of packing of jaljira which higly salt base product can we use 20 micron bopp + 25 micron cpp for our product. pl suggest we will try bopp instead of pet thanks,

  • Anhtuxn June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hi, I would like to ask everybody in the forum If you know some enterprise in India or in tamil Nadu can supply the flexible film for industrial packaging such as the multilayers pet 23 micron/aluminium 9 micron/pe&#160; 100 micron in white color in the width of 1520 mm we need such a barrier film to pack the materiel anti moisture Thanking for the reply

  • Vijay Jamnik June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Dear Mehul, &#160;We are having high barrier &amp; high seal strength metallised BOPP film for spices packaging. Current Structure - 12METPET/25POLY Proposed Structure - 30HST-1(HSB)MO If you want more information, pls mail me at

  • Sandeep Goyal June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: <p>To more about BOPP, you can also participate in the BOPP 2011 conference. For more details, click at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

  • Arakkal Vedhus June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Hey everyone, I am a Consultant working in India on a Project in flexible packaging industry.Could any one please tell me whether Polyamide Packaging can be used as a substitute for BOPET/BOPP in FMCG market.Are there any specific advantages or disadvantages of using PA over PET/OPP.And whether there is any market in India for nylon packaging?

  • vasudev June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: We , Venlon enterprises ltd , located in city called&#160; Mysore ( Karnataka state )&#160; is into manufacturing of&#160; Polyester film 12 /15 mic plain film &amp; 12/ 15 micron Metallised film . Contact person .Mr.Vasudev tel no .0821 -2403991 / 2402029&#160; and e-mail id&#160; is&#160; <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> regds vasudev Asst Manager -Marketing &#160;&#160;

  • Rahul June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Does anyone has comparison about demand/supply, price of metallisez BOPP and PET film in India

  • akinlabi sufian June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: please i need information and advise on what machinery/sies i have to buy to set up a lebel printing firm with concentration on bopp and other labeling materials

  • Tony June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: Thanks and&#160;these are&#160;very good discussions, we are manufacture of pp bags/pp woven rice bags from China,we&#160;always use the BOPP film laminated on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pp bags&lt;/a&gt;,used for rice,pet foods,fertilier,etc.,there are many customers inquiry and order BOPP film laminated bags from us.Hope more and more people know the benifits of BOPP film.

  • cosmofilms June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment:  Founded in 1981, Cosmo Films Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of laminating films and one of the largest manufacturers of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene&#160;(BOPP) across the globe. We provide unique solutions for laminating and digital printing industry all over the world. Cosmo Films Ltd. is the only company which provides equipments as well as films. Cosmo Films Ltd. is a leading exporter of BOPP films. Cosmo films Ltd. has its manufacturing units in India, USA and Korea which helps them to deliver their laminating and packaging solutions to over 45 countries in the world. Cosmo Films Ltd. has a well experienced and qualified team in their R&amp;D department. Our high quality products are designed by our R &amp; D department who has an experience of around 100 years in plastic and other allied industries.

  • Guofeng June 21, 2010 Log in or register to post comments

    Comment: The thermal lamination film has certain requirements on the paper, and the improper selection of the paper may also cause the printed matter after the thermal lamination film is bad. According to experience, the tensile strength of short staple paper is low, and the paper is easily broken after the thermal lamination film is applied at the rolling line or the unevenness, so that the ink on the paper is broken, causing partial separation of the film and the printed matter, especially when the direction of the rolling line is This problem is more likely to occur when the orientation of the paper is the same. In addition, the coated coated paper, especially the thick coated coated paper, has no problem after using the thermal lamination film, but if the film is rolled, the unevenness and the like are formed, the film is formed at the rolling line and the unevenness. Phenomenon, this is mainly due to the small amount of high molecular polymer added in the coating of the coated paper, and the inorganic components are many. When the external force is applied, the coating is easily powdered and peeled off. Therefore, the film is caused by the rolling line or the unevenness process. The film layer of the film is separated from the printing paper.

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