Bemis Company Inc., a supplier of packaging used by food, consumer products and healthcare companies worldwide, has responded to the recently announced discontinuation of Barex resin with commercially available alternatives to Barex resin-based packaging. The Barex brand supplier has announced the closure of its only Barex polyacrylonitrile resin manufacturing site. Barex resin is commonly used as a barrier layer for certain packaging applications for healthcare, food, non-food and industrial products.

Bemis offers a family of film technologies that replaces Barex resin-based packaging for a wide variety of applications,” said William E. Jackson, vice president and chief technology officer of Bemis Company. “Over the years, we have assisted several customers in transitioning from Barex resin-based packaging to our proprietary solutions that provide a superior oxygen and moisture barrier in food packaging applications. Our polyester sealants have also proven effective for pharmaceutical applications for which an alternative to Barex materials was important."

For food, non-food and industrial applications, Bemis said it recommends that customers replace Barex resin-based packaging with one of its family of polyester sealants.