Packseven Partners With Gerdau Graphene to Release World's First Graphene Stretch Film

New High-Performance Graphene-Enhanced Plastic Stretch Films To Be Made Commercially Available In Q3 2023

Gerdau Graphene Poly-G masterbatch

Gerdau Graphene, the nanotechnology company pioneering advanced graphene-enhanced materials for industrial applications, announced today that Packseven, one of Brazil's largest flexible film makers, has commercialized the world's first graphene-enhanced stretch film. The new ultra-thin film, developed using Gerdau Graphene's specialized graphene additive technology, is significantly thinner and more durable: initial testing revealed that the new films could pack 120% more material without breaking compared with comparable flexible films. More durable stretch films reduce consumption of the material per pallet and increase safety in packing and loading. It is expected to be made available for sale in Q3 2023.

"Integrating graphene into our stretch film enhances its known properties, such as increasing its resistance to sharp objects that could pierce it. On top of that, it's more efficient - you use less of it when stretching, which means a big jump in cargo safety," said Kléber Ávila, CEO of Packseven. "Our goal is to provide a more durable film to the market and we think this will set a new bar for quality, delivering numerous benefits to transportation, storage, and all sorts of packaging needs."

"The addition of graphene to polyethylene plastic films has shown gains in material resistance, making it possible to significantly reduce the thickness of the film. The addition of graphene thus allows for a performance gain combined with a more sustainable material due to the reduction of virgin plastic and/or the increase of recycled plastic in the composition of the final product," said Flavia Zangrandi, Head of Product Development at Gerdau Graphene. "Gerdau Graphene's mission is to harness the power of graphene for industrial applications and our partnership with Packseven will deliver the next-generation of high-performance, low-weight films to the market." 

Gerdau Graphene recently announced the commercial availability of its Poly-G polyethylene masterbatch, a graphene-enhanced additive for plastic resins suitable for the production of films, profiles, and sheets formed through the extrusion processes. The new thermoplastic products created using Poly-G are proven to be stronger and offer greater overall performance while costing less to manufacture and producing significantly less waste across the value chain. Poly-G was piloted in a series of industrial applications within Gerdau's factories before commercialization, including as a film for construction nail packaging. Gerdau found that by using the new, 25% thinner graphene-enhanced plastic film, far fewer nails perforated the packaging. As a result, Gerdau reported a 39% reduction in the volume of discarded damaged packaging and a 7% increase in film productivity.

Graphene, considered the strongest material on Earth, is composed of an atomic monolayer of carbon atoms arranged hexagonally in a honeycomb-like structure. Since it was isolated in 2004, graphene's extraordinary chemical, physical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties have captivated the world and led to its inventors winning the Nobel Prize in Physics. Graphene can be blended with plastics, lending its incredible strength to the polymer matrix, and making the blended plastic material much stronger. In addition to improving physical and mechanical properties, graphene also increases barrier properties against liquids and gasses; protection against weather, oxidation, and UV light; and increased electrical and thermal conductivity. 

About Gerdau Graphene

Gerdau Graphene is a nanotech company focused on the production, development, and commercialization of graphene-enhanced products including polymers, paints and coatings, rubber, and more. Launched in 2021 by Gerdau, the largest producer of long steel in the Americas, through its Gerdau Next program, Gerdau Graphene enables businesses to harness the revolutionary properties of graphene to deliver industry-leading products. Gerdau Graphene is a Corporate Member of The Graphene Council. To learn more, please visit and follow on LinkedInTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

About Packseven 
Packseven has been in the market for over 25 years and is considered one of the largest flexible packaging companies in Brazil, with applications across all industry segments. It has manufacturing units in the states of São Paulo and Amazonas, where state-of-the-art technologies are adopted for the manufacturing of stretch film, including heat-shrinkable (shrink film), plain, and printed. Packseven utilizes circular eco-recycling to intelligently use and reuse plastic across its manufacturing processes. In addition to constantly rigorous testing, the company has achieved ISO 9001 certification, which guarantees the integrity of the products and the best deliveries to customers.

Source: Gerdau Graphene