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[DuPont Teijin Films] A registered trademark for a series of over 900 types of Polyester film. Melinex® films, formerly made by ICI, are made from biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate. Melinex® 516 is a high clarity polyester film that is pretreated on both sides for slip to combine good handling properties with high clarity and brilliance. They are used for packaging, imaging, printing, and consumer products.

Synonyms and Related Terms

polyester; PET; BOPET; biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate; Mylar [Du Pont]; Hostaphan [Mitsubishi]; Claryl [Toray]; 3M Polyester [3M]; Questar {Filmquest]


Personal Risks

DuPont Teijin: [Melinex 516 SDS sheet]

Collection Risks

Environmental Risks

Physical and Chemical Properties

DuPont: Melinex 516 Datasheet

Working Properties

Forms and Sizes

Resources and Citations

  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • Meredith Montague, contributed information, 1998
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 625
  • Caring for your Collections, Arthur W Schulz (ed.), Harry N. Abrams, Inc. , New York, 1992
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