Nylon-MXD6 resins for food packaging

A. Ammala,     CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia


This chapter reviews the properties and uses of Nylon-MXD6 as a high barrier polymer in food packaging applications. Nylon-MXD6 is a generic name given to a range of crystalline polyamides produced from meto-xylenediamine and adipic acid. Nylon-MXD6 has found widespread use in polymer blends and multilayer food packaging applications. Numerous examples of gas barrier performance are given, together with other properties such as aroma-retaining properties, mechanical properties and retortability. The chapter also discusses examples of commercially available systems employing Nylon-MXD6, including the use of oxygen scavenging systems ...

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