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Plastic Converters Set for Growth

As a subset of the overall plastics industry, plastic converters are responsible for a wide range of products, including:

  • Garbage bags
  • Liners
  • Covers
  • Sheeting
  • Zipper bags
  • “T-shirt” grocery store bags
  • Vented fruit storage bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Labels
  • Adhesive tapes

The definition of plastic converting is simple enough: the transformation of raw materials, like plastic pellets and film substrates, into a final product. But the process itself can be far from simple and can incorporate numerous steps, such as:

  • Film formation
  • Orientation
  • Metallization
  • Lamination
  • Die cutting
  • Coating
  • Heat sealing
  • Perforating
  • Printing
  • Winding
  • Slitting

Whatever steps are included, the most common converting processes are extrusion and cast and blown film. The lamination step may include the addition of layers made of various materials, such as paper, foil or a different type of plastic, while the most common printing processes are flexo and rotogravure.

Coating can accomplish a number of goals, including increased durability, UV protection and resistance to odors and moisture.

Plastic film converters contribute to a flexible packaging market segment that has seen substantial growth over the last 10 years, with an overall value of $31.8 billion in 2019. The segment is expected to increase at a cumulative annual rate of 2%. The forecasted growth is attributed to increased technological advancements as well as convenience and customization efforts.

Despite the expected growth, market consolidation is expected to continue as major plastic converters, like Amcor and Bemis Co., merge.

Clifton, NJ-based Champion Plastics is a good example of a plastic converting company. The firm extrudes polyethylene to make packaging for pharmaceuticals, biohazards, merchandising and retail, food, chemicals and other industrial uses. Its products are found in end markets as diverse as airlines, automotive, construction, agriculture, hotels and zoos.

Champion is just one of a number of plastic converters that can be found in Polysort’s Plastic Packaging Companies, Converters and Fabricators category. Visit today for the full list.

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