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Get to Know Arlene and Areta: Argha Karya Prima Industry’s Leading Films

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “packaging”?

Wraps, envelopes, pouches, boxes, cases, maybe even cans — all sorts of different means to pack your beloved goods and make it viable for transport, distribution, and logistics can be considered as packaging. Nowadays, packaging comes in all shapes and sizes, from takeout wraps to specially designed cake boxes, everyone can enjoy an aesthetically pleasing packaging that increases the user experience for the item you’ve purchased.

Of all the many forms of packaging out there, food packaging is among the most commonly used. It is used to secure food and beverages into compact containers that are easily accessible, easy to hold and store, as well as easily resealable. Not only do they have to be durable, food packaging also needs to be food grade in order to make it safe enough to maintain the quality of foods and beverages it protects.

Two Argha Karya Prima Industry employees check over one of their film products

Established in 1980, PT Argha Karya Prima Industry Tbk (AKPI) became the first Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) producer in Southeast Asia. The company produces flexible film packaging for industrial and consumer goods products, known as Arlene (BOPP film) and Areta (BOPET film).

But, are there any stark differences between Arlene and Areta? What can these types of films do in our everyday lives?

  • Arlene (BOPP film): A biaxially oriented polypropylene film (BOPP) is a type of flexible packaging film made from the material polypropylene. It is made by stretching the material in both the machine direction and the transverse direction, increasing its strength, stiffness, and clarity. Therefore, Arlene is commonly used for printing and laminating, pressure sensitive labels, food packaging, and other industrial applications. It is not only durable and resistant to oil, grease, and other chemicals, but also recyclable and eco-friendly. Argha’s leading product, Arlene, is also one of its most popular and multifunctional products.

  • Areta (BOPET film): Meanwhile, Areta is a biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate film, a type of polyester film. It is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that is stretched in its two primary directions. Areta is known for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, and reflective properties.

Rolls of films in PT Argha Karya Prima Industry's factory

Both Arlene and Areta share common characteristics. Durable and transparent, with a shine that gives off a beautiful finish, both of these products are suitable for digital printing needs. Both Arlene and Areta are able to produce clear prints without needing to alter much of your initial designs. These films are commonly found in the form of straw films, heat sealable films, metallized films, white caveated film, coated film, clear film and paper lamination.

Argha offers a green packaging solution that follows a mono material concept, using a single polypropylene (PP) based film which allows the material to be easily recycled and reused for future use. This technology utilizes high sealing performance BOPP with duplex structures that can reduce total CO2 emission without sacrificing the product’s economic value.

To find out more about biodegradable, durable and strong packaging films, check out PT Argha Karya Prima Industry (


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