Extrusion towers over Feiplastic, Brazilian plastics market

Attendees at Feiplastic 2013 could be excused for craning their necks skyward at the Anhembi Convention Center last week, as the show hall was packed with rafter-scraping film towers: a testament to the importance of the extrusion market in Brazil and its homegrown machinery prowess within the segment.

Several of those domestic players used the event to throw their hats into the co-extrusion ring, debuting three-layer lines at the biennial event. Greater adoption of high performing, and higher cost, metallocene-based resins has pushed many local processors to adopt multilayer film structures that allow cheaper material to be sandwiched between pricier materials, boosting film performance while managing costs.

"Raw materials are changing," said Wilson Carnevalli Filho, son to the founder of the longstanding extrusion equipment supplier of the same name. "Now we have a lot of technology, and you can improve the price of a package."...

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