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Nanotechnology comes to film packaging

October 3, 2006

A packaging films producer and a nanotechnology products company have joined forces to create and commercialize new packaging products that make use of nanoparticle based inks and coatings to be used in printed electronics.

The companies, both in the USA, are Pliant Corporation, of Chicago, IL, and NovaCentrix, of Austin, TX. Pliant manufactures film and flexible packaging products for personal care, medical, food, industrial, and agricultural markets. It operates 23 manufacturing and research and development facilities around the world, and employs 2,900 people. NovaCentrix manufactures nanoparticles for use in printable electronics and life sciences.

In making the announcement, the companies offered few details about their plans for the future, beyond saying that the alliance will “drive new growth opportunities and deliver unique value propositions to the industry.” According to Rick Noller, Pliant’s director of marketing, RFID and tamper-evident applications will be addressed.

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