Pallet Wrap: Everything You Need to Know


Cast Film


Cast pallet wrap, also known as stretch film, is a type of plastic wrap used to secure and stabilize items on a pallet during transportation. It is made from a blend of polyethylene materials and is stretched and wrapped around the items on the pallet, providing a secure hold while also protecting the items from damage.

Cast pallet wrap is available in various thicknesses and strengths, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

Advantages of Cast Pallet Wrap;

  • Less expensive than blown pallet wrap, due to reduced manufacturing costs cast stretch film is more popular.
  • Increased clarity allows users to see wrapped products.
  • Cast stretch wrap unwinds quietly compared to blown stretch wrap.
  • Cast pallet wrap offers two-sided cling that allows the wrap to stay securely packaged.
  • Cast stretch film is a great general purpose wrapping solution.

Disadvantages of Cast Pallet Wrap;

  • Does not offer the load/holding power blown stretch film provides.
  • Cast stretch film has less memory and tear resistance than blown stretch film.


   Pallet Wrap - Hand Black
   Pallet Wrap - Hand Clear
   Pallet Wrap - Machine Black
   Pallet Wrap - Machine Clear

Blown Film

Blown pallet wrap is a type of stretch film that is produced using a blown extrusion process. This process involves blowing heated plastic through a circular die, creating a tube of film. The tube is then cooled and flattened, resulting in a stretchable film that can be easily wrapped around pallets and other large items to secure and protect them during transportation or storage. Blown pallet wrap is known for its high strength and durability, making it a popular choice for heavy-duty packaging applications.

Advantages of Blown Stretch Film;

  • Offers higher load and stretch capacity.
  • Blown stretch film is a premium quality film.
  • Blown stretch wrap has a higher degree of memory once stretched, allowing product loads to stay better secured.
  • Higher tear resistance is an advantage when securing loads with sharp edges.

Disadvantages of Blown Stretch Film;

  • Higher cost due to the manufacturing process.
  • The blown stretch wrap has poor clarity due to crystallization in the manufacturing process.
  • Blown stretch wrap is also noisy when unwound from rolls.


   Pallet Wrap – Blown Hand Film
   Pallet Wrap – Blown Machine Film

Fusion Film


Fusion high stretch wrap is made from high quality materials and is much stronger and can be stretched longer. This new technology reduces your use of stretch film per pallet by over 70% and is cheaper per meter.

Although thinner than other stretch films, it still has the puncture resistance of a much thicker film. It is the pallet wrapping product of the future.


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   Fusion Machine Pallet Wrap 12um Clear
Fusion Machine Pallet Wrap 15um Clear

What is Pallet Wrap Made Of?

Pallet wrap, also known as stretch film, is a type of plastic film that is used to secure items together on a pallet for storage and transportation. It is made of a flexible, stretchable material that can easily be wrapped around items to hold them in place on your pallets.

The most common material used to make pallet wrap is polyethylene, a type of thermoplastic polymer. Polyethylene is durable, lightweight, and has excellent stretch and cling properties, making it ideal for use in pallet wrap. Additionally, it is resistant to moisture, dust, and punctures, which helps to protect items from the elements during transportation.

Pallet wrap can also be treated with additives such as UV inhibitors to prevent degradation from exposure to sunlight, further increasing its durability and versatility. We also stock a range of biodegradable stretch wrap to compliment our large selection of eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Can Stretch Wrap be Recycled?

Yes, stretch wrap can be recycled, but it is not as easily recyclable as other types of plastic. Stretch wrap is made of polyethylene plastic, which is one of the most commonly recycled plastics. However, because it is thin and flexible, it can easily get tangled with other materials in the recycling stream, making it difficult to recycle. This can cause problems for recycling facilities and limit the ability to recycle stretch wrap.

To ensure that stretch wrap can be recycled, it is important to clean it and remove any contaminants before recycling. Additionally, some recycling facilities may have specific requirements for recycling stretch wrap, so it is important to check with the facility before recycling.


Other FAQ on Pallet/Stretch Wrap:

Machine Pallet Wrap:

What are the benefits of pallet wrap?

Pallet wrap protects the goods from dust, dirt, and moisture during transit. It also stabilizes the load and prevents it from shifting or falling off the pallet

How does a pallet wrapping machine work?:

A pallet wrapping machine holds the pallet in place while a film carriage rotates around it, dispensing stretch film. The film is stretched and wrapped around the load, creating a tight and secure wrap

How many times should you wrap a pallet?:

It is recommended to wrap a pallet four times around the base area, as you work your way up make sure to overlap each layer and work your way back down to make sure it is secured

What is the safe system of work for a pallet wrapper?:

All personnel involved in pallet wrapping operations must be trained in the safe use of the pallet wrapper. Prior to use, inspect the pallet wrapper for any damage or defects that may affect safe operation. Ensure the work area is free of any tripping hazards, debris or obstacles


Hand Pallet Wrap:

What is the difference between hand stretch wrap and machine stretch wrap?:

Hand stretch wrap is applied manually, while machine stretch wrap is applied using a pallet wrapping machine. Machine stretch wrap is more efficient and consistent than hand stretch wrap

What is the difference between stretch wrap and shrink film?:

Stretch wrap is a stretchable plastic film that is used to wrap around a load to secure it to a pallet. Shrink film is a heat-shrinkable plastic film that is used to wrap around a load and then heated to shrink and conform to the shape of the load

Which is better cast or blown stretch wrap?:

Cast stretch wrap is more transparent and quieter than blown stretch wrap. Blown stretch wrap is more puncture-resistant and has a higher cling level than cast stretch wrap