In the last decade, many new innovations have been made in the field of flexible packaging. The demand for new, different and desirable characteristics has resulted in the creation of many new polymers to fulfill these needs.

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In the last decade, many new innovations have been made in the field of flexible packaging. The demand for new, different and desirable characteristics has resulted in the creation of many new polymers to fulfill these needs.

From adding additional sought‐after characteristics that some products demand, creating environmentally‐friendly alternatives, or simply producing a film for consumer pleasure, the advancements that have been, and continue to be made in the field are numerous.

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Due to flexible film’s many desirable characteristics, the implementation of various manufacturing methods and polymer additions provides the means to increase appeal to a broad spectrum of product.

One of the more popular innovations that has taken place in the recent past is the introduction of metalized films. With the application of a layer of aluminum to a polymer’s surface, the finished product proves to be more resistant to bothwater and oxygen transmission as well as providing a metallic and glossy appearance

Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) can be credited with providing the food packaging industry with increased shelf‐life of minimally‐processed foods.

Intelligent packaging involves a ‘smart’ material that is capable of detecting a change in its environment through a combination of indicators, sensors, and processors.  Upon the detection of a change, an automatic response takes place resulting in neither the product, package, or consumer being compromised.

With the United States commanding $135 billion in the worldwide packaging industry , the flexible packaging industry is the second largest  and one of the fastest growing markets for polymeric materials and is projected to grow from USD 97.97 bn in 2016 to USD 125.66 bn by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 5.11%.

With the ongoing Research and Development work, innovations will continue to add value to the already expansive flexible packaging industry and open new avenues for growth in this sector. It is through these revolutionary developments that the 3 Ps of Packaging i.e. Protect, Preserve and Present will be achieved.