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Speciality chemical company Croda International Plc announced that one of its latest innovations, Incroslip SL, has been granted approval for use as an additive in the manufacture of polyolefin plastic materials and articles that come into contact with food according to Commission Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as amended. This latest update now allows the product to be used in polyolefin food applications such as packaging films, moulding and caps.

The Incroslip SL technology from Croda Polymer Additives functions as a high slip additive with superior stability, says the company. Traditional high slip additives, such as erucamide and oleamide, could lose slip performance over time when beginning to breakdown, especially in high temperatures or after exposure to UV light. This can lead to negative effects in the end application such as odour, taste and changes in colour.

Incroslip SL has additionally found value in non-food applications such as a low bloom scratch resistant additive for automotive parts. Michelle Downham, European Technical Marketing Manager says “We are really excited about this new approval in food contact applications. This will allow our customers to demonstrate improved stability and higher performance in packaging that can be used in the food and drink market, such as extended life span, better organoleptic properties along with high slip required for processing efficiency.”

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