Learn The Advantages Of The Different Types of Squeeze Tubes

February 18, 2021
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Have you ever wondered why there are so many different sizes of squeeze tubes?

According to LinkedIn:

“Squeezable tubes are much more prominent in almost every industry today because of their flexibility to hold and dispense a wide range of products along with being easier and less expensive to make, fill and cap over other containers like jars and bottles. In fact, the cosmetics and personal care industries have greatly increased their use of plastic squeeze tubes for the above reasons as well as better durability, increased resistance to breaking, air tightness and longer product shelf life.

“As the use of squeeze tubes is growing greatly, there are a lot more types of squeeze tubes available like plastic tubes, laminate tubes, extruded and inject molded tubes, and metal tubes. Of course, that means there are many more choices to make when deciding which type of squeeze tube is right for your product line.

“To make better choices for your product or products, you should know some basics about the advantages the different types of squeeze tubes deliver.

Extruded Plastic Squeeze Tubes

“Plastic squeeze tubes are everywhere, and for many good reasons. Extruded plastic tubes are lightweight, non-breakable, durable and essentially leak proof. There are about six different types of materials to make plastic tubes, and each material protects the product contained in the tube to extend the product’s shelf life greatly over other containers like jars or bottles. Plus, throughout the life of the tube’s contents, when you squeeze a plastic squeeze tube it and release it, the tube returns to its original shape without distorting any of the printing or labeling on the outside of the tube. 

“Many products you use daily come in plastic squeeze tubes, products like hand creams, shampoos, cleansing creams, facial masks, tanning lotions and many other types of cosmetics and toiletries. Other businesses in the food, pharmaceuticals, household and industrial trades widely use plastic squeeze tubes as well.

“Extruded plastic squeeze tubes can be finished and decorated in many different ways including:

• 6-Color Offset Printing

• 6-Color Screen Printing

• Hot stamping

• Labeled

• Gloss, matte or pearl finish

• Large diameter and length

• Blind end

• Custom head and caps

• PMS color matching of caps

• PMS color matching of tube body

• Safety / Tamper Evident Seals

• Shrink Wrapping of Flip Top Caps

Laminated Squeeze Tubes

“When it comes to laminate squeeze tubes, you should think toothpaste tubes since laminate tubes were first used primarily to package toothpaste. However, today laminate tubes are used for many other different products like artists’ paints, medical ointments, hair care products and even oral care products because of its flexibility, durability and low costs.

“Laminated tubes are quite similar to plastic squeeze tubes but with a couple added advantages. Laminate tubes are constructed with different layers of aluminum and plastic providing a better barrier inside the tube that gives it properties something like a metal squeeze tube. This provides the packaged product maximum protection from oxygen and allows the squeeze tube to be completely flexible and durable while keeping its attractive external appearance throughout the use of the packaged product.

“There are two types of laminated tubes: ABL (Aluminum Barrier Laminate) and PBL (Plastic Barrier Laminate). ABL laminated tubes are available in base finishes of white, silver and pearl while PBL laminated tubes are available in base finishes of white, transparent, pms colors and pearls.

Aluminum Metal Squeeze Tubes

“Metal squeeze tubes, or aluminum squeeze tubes, are made of multiple thin layers of 99.9% pure aluminum that create an impermeable, air-tight tube with a main advantage of providing superior protection to its contents. The sealing end of aluminum tubes are lined with latex to avoid leakage of the contained product while an interior lacquering prevents your product from reacting with the aluminum. Metal tubes are seamless and are great at keeping products like cosmetics, paints, adhesives, foods and pharmaceuticals fresh and uncontaminated over a long time span of off-and-on use. 

“There are many different types of options for aluminum squeeze tubes:

• Base coat plus 4-color printing

• Open nozzle, closed nozzle (piercing) and long nozzle (applicator)

• Shoulder coated tubes

• Custom caps of any shape, size and color can be manufactured

“PreferPack has provided companies in the cosmetics, food, oral care, hair care, personal care, paint, lubrication and adhesive industries with quality squeeze tubes for many years. We are an all-inclusive packaging company that not only designs, creates, labels and delivers squeeze tubes to businesses of all sizes, but we also can fill, seal, scale product development, create displays and shipper boxes, drop ship and even warehouse for you. 

“Our order minimums start at just 5,000 for plastic squeeze tubes and 10,000 for ABL and PBL laminated tubes and aluminum squeeze tubes. This low minimum makes PreferPack’s squeeze tubes ideal for new product trial runs…”

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