MDO films is manufactured using variety of materials such as polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), polyamide (PA), ethyl vinyl alcohol (EVOH), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and others (polystyrene (PS),etc.). Among the material type, polypropylene (PP) segment is expected to dominate in terms of market share, and is estimated to account for more than 45% of total market share in the global MDO films market during the forecast period.
The growth of MDO films market is increasing as the MDO films are commonly used packaging solution with rising demand for ready-to-eat and partially-cooked convenience food packaging. MDO films provide better protection against microorganisms and thus, fulfil consumers’ demand for fresh, healthy, and convenient packaged food products.
- This is expected to enhance the sales of MDO films for packaging during the forecast period. MDO films have excellent machinability, which makes them an ideal choice for freezer bags and as microwaveable packaging solutions. MDO films provide a superior heat seal layer for retort or steam sterilization applications and other flexible packaging multi-layer applications
Manufacturers of MDO films are focusing on development of MDO films with robust seal performance. MDO films fulfil different types of packaging requirements and exhibit superior sealing functionality. The shelf life of any product is a major factor for end users and thus, the demand for MDO films is expected to increase considerably during the forecast period.
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Most of the commercial films are mono-layered or 3-layer coextruded. Moreover, in the last few years, 5-layer and 7-layer barrier films have become quite popular. Oriented coextruded films with EVOH or polyamide face some challenges with respect to maintenance of the adhesive tie layer and film after orientation. Fundamentally, orientation process increases the interfacial area of the film but effectively reduces the number of chemical bonds per unit area, which results in drop of adhesion by 90%.