CO-Extruded, ABL and PBL Tubes

Plastic tubes have come a long way and serve an important role in the marketplace. Without plastic tubes, a diverse amount of products would be obsolete and the shelves would be empty. When it comes to cosmetics there are three prominent plastic tubes that dominate the plastic and laminated tube industry. These three types of packaging tubes are Extruded, ABL (aluminum barrier laminate tube) & PBL (plastic barrier laminate tube). They have been the subject of widespread research and have been attracting more attention to the plastic tube industry every year.

Aluminum Barrier Laminate Tube

ABL Tubes combine an economically friendly product with high-quality printing options. ABL tubes can be used to hold aggressive products including liniment creams, makeup tubes, essential oils, toothpaste tubes, and many different pharmaceutical and industrial products. ABL tubes are processed into a sheet made of aluminum and plastic. This is through a process called co-extrusion compounding. It is then sent through a tubular packaging container by a specialized pipe making machine. This machine is primarily targeted towards the cosmetic industry, creating a highly hygienic process and barrier for performance requirements. As the development of ABL its technology increases. ABL Tubes Advantages & Unique Characteristics:

  • Polyethylene two layers, co-polymer, aluminum foil barrier
  • Great barrier performance (blocking light, air, moisture, and other substances)
  • For aggressive formulations
  • Exquisite outer appearance (metallic, iridescent, holographic)
  • Can create a glossy or matte finish
  • TESS (Tamper Evident Safety Seal)
Plastic Barrier Laminated Tube

PBL Tubes are completely made of plastic and like ABL combine an economically friendly product with high-quality printing options. PBL tubes are easily recycled which not only benefits the environment but clients too. PBL tubes can be used for a large variety of different industries, including, lip gloss tubes and other cosmetic tubes. These tubes provide a stable packaging platform and are extremely versatile. PBL tubes provide unmatched clarity and artwork solutions with the option of 8 different printed colors. The PBL’s structure retains “memory” of plastic which is very unique even compared to ABL tubes. The layer of EVOH protects the product from oxygen and prevents moisture and other debris from making its way into the tubes. PBL Tubes Advantages & Unique Characteristics:

  • Polyethylene two layers, co-polymer, EVOH barrier
  • Great barrier performance (blocking air, moisture, and other substances)
  • Extremely environmentally friendly and easy to recycle (this has influenced many cosmetic brands to be more vocal about the environment).
  • Strong resilience (can return to its exact shape after being squeezed)
  • Can create a glossy or matte finish
  • TESS (Tamper Evident Safety Seal)

As the technology of plastic tubes continues to grow, it’s now obvious why the cosmetic industries prefer to use ABL and PBL tubes over any other plastic tube type. They both are highly advanced in their characteristics and cosmetically dedicated. For more information about ABL and PBL laminated tubes and plastic tubes, please contact our office or give us a call.

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