LIMEX Sheet is a LIMEX material that is manufactured to be similar to paper products. The product is manufactured from a mixture of calcium carbonate and thermoplastic resin, extruded into a sheet-like form, then stretched out by a roll. In addition, in order to increase the suitability for printing and prevent sheet dust, coating is applied for printing purposes.
To extrude a sheet out of material that includes over 50% inorganic component such as limestone, it is important to have the knowledge of process design, additives used, extrusion condition, and temperature condition. By accumulating knowledge on the subjects mentioned, we were able to develop LIMEX Sheets to today’s quality. To this day, we are continuing to improve on thinness, weight and the quality of LIMEX Sheets.
Advantages of LIMEX Sheets
The first advantage of LIMEX sheets is the ability to reduce environmental impacts. There are two types of conventional material used to manufacture paper of which one is paper made from wood pulp and the other is synthetic paper made from petroleum-derived material.
There have been many discussions over the topic of environmental preservation for paper, as it uses trees as raw material and requires a large amount of water in the manufacturing process.Synthetic paper, on the other hand, does have the advantage of water resistance and durability. However, there is a concern regarding the increase in CO2 levels as the majority consists of petroleum-derived material.LIMEX differs from both conventional paper and synthetic paper. It requires very little wood and water, and because more than 50% is composed of limestone, the use of petroleum-derived material is limited.
The second advantage is the high durability and water resistance. Conventionally, to use paper around water or at restaurants, lamination is the way to increase water resistance. However, as LIMEX Sheet is water resistant on its own, it can be used around water. Furthermore, it has high durability, and is tear-resistant in comparison to paper posters, making it last longer.