Partnership creates a harmonised set of Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR) testing methods

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Aquapak partners with Industrial Physics to help customers transition to sustainable packaging.Image courtesy of Aquapak Polymers

Aquapak Polymers, a leader in polymer technology that offers functionality, recyclability and environmental credentials, has partnered with Industrial Physics, a global packaging, product, and material test and inspection partner, to create a harmonised set of Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR) testing methods for its Hydropol biodegradable polymer. 

Hydropol offers the benefits of traditional polymer plastics, yet is water soluble and completely biodegradable, as well as non-toxic and UV resistant. It also offers multiple end-of-life options such as recyclability, compostability, and compatibility with anaerobic digestion plants. 

Establishing a reliable and repeatable test method for WVTR is an industry-wide challenge. By using equipment designed by Industrial Physics’ product lines, including Systech Illinois and Testing Machines Inc., Aquapak resolved to find a way forward by partnering with Industrial Physics, which will provide its customers across a range of sectors with a real alternative to using traditional polymers, helping them cut plastic pollution in the process. 

Industrial Physics is a global test and inspection partner that works across a range of industry sectors to help customers protect the integrity of packaging, products, and materials. The business helps customers move to new, more sustainable packaging materials. The group inclues Systech Illinois, TQC Sheen, Quality By Vision, Eagle Vision, Steinfurth, Technidyne, RayRan, Testing Machines Inc., and more.

As more organizations continue to strive for sustainable alternatives, it’s unsurprising that demand for Aquapak’s Hydropol continues to grow – this is supported by Industrial Physics’ research that surveyed 255 packaging professionals around the world, highlighting that testing of new sustainable materials was a major challenge they face. 

Almost half of the 255 global packaging professionals (49%) surveyed said meeting testing standards was one the biggest challenges they faced in wider adoption of sustainable packaging materials.

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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