Thermoformed packaging refers to a manufacturing process used to create packaging products from plastic sheets. It involves heating a thermoplastic sheet until it becomes pliable, and then forming it into a specific shape using a mold or a series of molds. Once the plastic sheet takes the desired shape, it is cooled, solidifying the packaging structure.
Thermoforming is a versatile and cost-effective packaging solution used in various industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and consumer goods. It offers several advantages, such as:
Thermoforming allows for the creation of packaging in different shapes, sizes, and designs to meet specific product requirements. It can accommodate complex shapes and intricate details, providing branding and product differentiation opportunities.
Thermoformed PS packaging provides protection against external factors like moisture, light, and physical damage. It can be designed with features such as compartments, inserts, or cushioning to secure and protect the packaged items during transportation and storage.
Clear or transparent thermoformed packaging allows customers to view the product inside, enhancing its visibility on store shelves and providing a visual appeal.
Lightweight and Cost-effective
Thermoformed PET packaging is typically lightweight, reducing shipping costs and environmental impact. The process also enables efficient material usage, minimizing waste and lowering production costs.
Shelf Life Extension
Thermoformed plastic packaging can be designed to provide barrier properties, such as oxygen or moisture resistance, which helps extend the shelf life of perishable goods.
Common applications of thermoformed packaging include blister packs, clamshells, trays, cups, bowls, and containers. These packaging formats are used for a wide range of products, including food items, medical devices, electronics, cosmetics, and consumer goods.
It’s worth noting that while thermoformed packaging predominantly uses plastic materials, efforts are being made to explore sustainable alternatives, such as biodegradable or compostable materials, to address environmental concerns associated with plastic waste.