Manufacturing Process

Background

  • Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer (which in simple terms, are tiny pieces of plastic)
  • In the mid-20th century, deforestation and water conservation were two of the biggest concerns for people that made normal wood fiber paper – at the same time of this crisis, the petroleum industry started taking off
  • At the time in the US, a major paper company and a major petroleum company joined together to create the first plastic paper – and with this happening in the US, word spread globally, and Japan and the UK followed suit with with their own product development – all becoming a part of the first generation of synthetic paper
  • Synthetic paper back in the day was weak in terms of printing and processing capabilities – it wasn’t understood as a norm against traditional paper

Our Manufacturing Process

  • The process begins by combining polypropylene, the base material, with other additives
  • The mixture is then passed through heating and extrusion (extrusion is where the heating takes place)
  • Base and surface layers comprised of the polypropylene pellets and other additives and take formation during the extruding process – bonding to create a strong, biaxial-oriented substrate
  • Then stretched during the calendering process – where it gains its form, smoothness, strength and opacity to become the final product
  • The way the paper is manufactured results in it having a rough side and a smooth side
  • Every phase of the manufacturing process is computer controlled and closely monitored to ensure adherence to a stringent quality standard.