Intro to Packaging Using Multilayer Plastic Materials - Sheet and Film Applications


Products containing multiple layers of polymers are becoming more common especially in applications where barrier properties, strength, weight or cost are an issue.

This course will look at the wide range of technical benefits and properties that can be obtained and the production processes to achieve them.

Attendees will learn:

  • Reasons for having multilayer structures
  • The range of materials that can be used in co-extruded structures
  • Properties of various barrier polymers
  • Product design and material properties needed for desired properties
  • Quality and process control implications of   multilayer plastic materials

Course Objectives

As a result of attending the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and cost implications  of multilayer plastic materials
  • Understand the polymer properties needed to   provide desired properties or barrier resistance 
  • Be aware of the latest developments
  • Make informed choices when purchasing  products
  • Understand process developments in multilayer   plastic materials


Course Content

Market Review
Overview of current and future applications for multilayer sheet  and film products. Market trends and growth opportunities.

Processing Technologies

A review of all the polymer processing technologies and their   capability to produce enhanced properties through combining  different polymers.

Polymer Selection

A review of the current and novel polymers available for the use in coextruded and multilayer products.

Product Design

How a structure can be designed for packaging,   construction,   automotive and medical applications.

Quality and Process Control

Control of the process for manufacture of structures with practical SPC examples demonstrated.

Properties of Various Barrier Polymers

A comparison of the properties for various barrier polymers with an extended evaluation of the properties of EVOH for different applications.

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit:

  • Technical Managers
  • Production Managers/Engineers
  • Process Managers/Engineers
  • Buyers
  • Technical Sales personnel who wish to gain an understanding of the properties for design and development of products as well as the advantages and capability of multilayer plastic materials

Presenter Information

This course is presented by:

Dr. Peter Cox, B.Sc. (Eng), DIC., C.Eng., MIMech.E., FIMMM

Dr Paul Shipton, BSc, PhD, Consultancy Director Smithers Rapra