Applied either by hand or with the aid of dispensers , pallet stretch film is a remarkably efficient means of stabilising and protecting palletised goods. Stretch films must always be applied with the maximum amount of stretch possible. We have a selection of blown and cast films ensuring they are strong enough and versatile enough to be used in almost any situation, including cold temperature applications. The most popular 17 & 20mu films we offer on either a standard core or an extended core for hand use at the same price.

Size Width x Length x Film Thickness Colour 6 -12 Rolls 18-24 Rolls 30-54 Rolls 60-90 Rolls
400mm x 250mtrs x 17Mu film Clear 5.95 5.65 5.36 5.06
400mm x 300mtrs x 17 Mu Cast film Clear 6.64 6.31 5.97 5.64
400mm x 300mtrs x 17 Mu Ext.Cast film Clear 6.64 6.31 5.97 5.64
400mm x 300mtrs x 20 Mu Blown film Blue Tint 11.90 11.31 10.71 10.12
400mm x 250mtrs x 20 Mu Clear film Clear 6.94 6.59 6.24 5.90
400mm x 300mtrs x 20 Mu Ext.Blown film Blue Tint 11.90 11.31 10.71 10.12
500mm x 300mtrs x 20 Mu Blown film Blue Tint 15.09 14.34 13.58 12.83
500mm x 200mtrs x 25 Mu Blown film Black Opaque 15.00 14.25 13.50 12.75
400mm x 200mtrs x 34 Mu Cast film Clear 8.52 8.09 7.67 7.24

All prices are per roll, 6 rolls per case.

Blown Film or Cast Film, what's the difference? 

There are two methods of stretch film extrusion; either blown or cast, in both cases the films are made from linear low density polyethylene.  For both the film starts life as small polymer granules that are melted, along with any additives, in a heated screw barrel. The next bit is where the difference lies. In the case of blown film the molten resin is blown upward and outwards in the form of a large bubble which is gradually cooled by air as it rises. At the top of the tower, the film is brought together and fed down to the slitting and winding stations by rollers. With cast film the molten resin is extruded through a narrow horizontal flat die and onto a chill roll, which rapidly cools and solidifies the film. The film is then drawn through tension rollers to achieve the right specification and then onto the slitting and winding stations. 
These two extrusion processes have resulted in some application differences – cast film is generally softer and more stretchy, clearer and is faster and easier to apply. Blown film tougher and more resilient, requiring more force to achieve elongation as well as being more tear resistant than cast film. The extra effort needed to apply blown films pays off once applied as it holds loads more securely during transit.
The Sticky Factor
Blown film is produced with a one sided cling – created by an additive fed in during manufacturing. This additive naturally migrates to the outer side of the film so the outside of the film should always be facing inwards toward the load being palletised, this will also reduce the chance of pallets sticking together in transit.  Cast film, has a reduced amount of additive during manufacture so the cling is more from the inherent film on film grip, this makes this film particularly suitable for applications where you really don't want any possibility of a tacky residue being left.

Cast film is in general much clearer and has a glossier finish to that of blown. This may be important if the load needs to be superficially inspected or if there is labelling or barcodes beneath the film that need to be read, the high gloss can however be a disadvantage under certain lighting conditions.

So there you have it, more than you ever wanted to know. Personal preference normally is the deciding factor, the blown film is a slightly more expensive product but has a lot of advantages. The cast film is easier to use and is far clearer and softer. At the end of the day they both wrap pallets very effectively and are a simple, cost effective way of not only collating your goods but protecting them in transit.


How you apply the stretch film to the pallet is pretty down to personal preference and there is no right, or indeed wrong way, so long as you remember the basic rule TENSION. I have seen people tie off the film to the base of a pallet and just literally walk around the thing applying no tension to the film whatsoever, when finished the film would simply fall away. They would then look at you exasperated at the the fact the film can only be faulty!! The film will only bind to itself when it is tensioned and the pallet load will only be secured if the film is applied in such a way that the load is pulled into itself.


1: Some people prefer to just push their fingers into the core and and apply the film that way. Fairly accurate tension can be maintained but the friction of the core can vary from uncomfortable to downright painful. Gloves of course make life a lot easier but since we don't supply either skin grafts or gloves I cannot recommend this method.

2: Extended core. Personally my favourite, no equipment, nothing to break or need adjusting, straight out the box and away you go, we do both 17 & 20mu films with extended cores and what is more, we don't charge a penny more. Basically the cores on which the film is wound extend out some 95mm from the film itself and these form effective low friction handles.

3: Plastic light duty push in dispensers. These are surprisingly good, they are cheap, easy to use and when they wear out, which they inevitably do, are easily disposed of and replaced. They are available in 2 sizes to fit both the 38mm (400mm rolls) and the 50mm (500mm rolls) cores. Made from rigid plastic with the handle grip being of a rubberised material. Tension is achieved by means of the user squeezing the handle thus slowing the release of the material. This product is ideal for occasional , low volume use.

AP38  (38mm)  @ 5.10 set

AP50  (50mm)  @ 5.10 set


4: Now, for those of you that simply have to have the best, a metal fully adjustable 400mm/500mm dispenser, suitable for both 38mm, 50mm cores. Manufactured from high quality materials with metal parts stove enamelled for enhanced durability. Featuring an easy to use twist grip handle and a friction free ball bearing core holder, this light weight and fully adjustable stretch film applicator is ideal where ease and efficiency of application are paramount.

AP110    Only 25.75




An extremely useful product for bundling and collation, this material has a huge range of applications. Used primarily with a small inexpensive handle dispenser. One size available from stock 100mm wide x 150mtr 17m. Packed in cartons of 40 but we do split cases and are able to sell in lots of 6 if required. All prices are per roll.


Stretch film bundling kit

6 rolls of 100mm wide x 150mtr 17mu cast stretch film and an easy to use hand held dispenser all for just 10.95 plus vat.

Colour 6 Rolls 40 Rolls 80 Rolls 120 Rolls 160 Rolls
Clear 1.80 1.62 1.53 1.44 1.35
Black 2.75 2.48 2.34 2.20 2.06
Minidisp. 1 piece plastic bundling film dispenser

Simple yet tough, made from a single piece of rigid plastic this is essentially a core holder for the mini bundling films. Enabling greater ease of use for any number of applications. Price only 3.50 ea


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