The industrial films market is projected to reach $55.73 billion by 2022 (1) at a CAGR of 4.2% from 2017 to 2022. The industrial films market is segmented by film type (LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, PET/BOPET, PP/BOPP, CPP, PVC, Polyamide/BOPA, Aluminum) serving a wide range of industries (transportation, construction, industrial packaging, agriculture, medical).
The demand for advance material production across diverse industry segments is growing. From cables to insulation and solar panels, many industries rely on thin layers of various substrates to be combined in one single laminate. The market is growing significantly, driven by the development of advanced technologies and new materials development.
Material processing includes extrusion, coating, vacuum metallization and lamination to produce the final product. Silicone coating for release liners and barrier films applications combined with aluminum coating on PET films are growing applications serving the food and beverage packaging industry.
The barrier films market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.51% during the forecast period 2018 - 2023. The market covers barrier films used for packaging applications in the food, pharmaceutical, healthcare, electronics industries.
Solar photovoltaic module production is growing significantly. The production process is using a reflective surface to concentrate the solar radiation onto a smaller area requiring special films such as fluoropolymer. Production of smaller panels for solar powered cars or solar powered motors for the agriculture industry and other new usage will grow at a faster rate than the previous years.
The major trends refer to thinner layers processing capabilities, reduced energy consumption in the processing and consumables and film waste savings.
Sustainability and new regulations are gaining importance, putting more pressure on film processing specialists.
Demanding films production is the perfect mission for the BOBST K5 EXPERT. It has been specially built to house increased roll diameters of up to 1270mm to meet new industry trends for improved productivity; a reduced production cycle increases the number of rolls produced per day. It provides significant production cost saving innovations resulting in the lowest production costs available on the market. The K5 EXPERT includes a 700mm diameter coating drum providing the largest coating window in the industry as well as Automatic Sequential Control which requires minimum operator involvement, both of these features are only offered by BOBST. Total Cost of Ownership of the K5 EXPERT is reduced by up to 25% compared to competitor machines.
Size matter in many production sites. The BOBST K5 VISION has been specifically designed to be compact whilst providing total flexibility and is able to handle a wide variety of different film types including heat sensitive and thin gauge films making it ideal for converters and CPP/PE film producers. The K5 VISION has a 600mm diameter coating drum providing the largest coating window in the industry in its class. Less consumables are required which increases aluminum collection efficiency by 16% and extends boat life. Aluminum spools are mounted on a removable trolley for easy change and maintenance. The K5 VISION pumping group has a compact design resulting in the smallest machine.
The machines in the CO coating range are configured for the production of liners at unparalleled performance at high speed. CO coating machines can also be configured for battery film production. The CL 1000TX triplex laminator handles high barrier composite structures with thick PE and EVA, as well as saltiness-resistant packaging for overseas shipping.