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Total develops new HDPE grade for thermoforming applications

March 03/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc. has generated excitement in the sheet extrusion thermoforming (SET) market with the introduction of high density polyethylene grade 9825E, as per the company's press release.

This grade is well suited for shallow draw thermoformed packaging applications in the foodservice and food packaging industries that require high rigidity and toughness.

Totals 9825E high density polyethylene delivers the stiffness needed in SET applications. The increase in stiffness gives one the opportunity to lightweight, yet still maintain the performance compared to other HDPE grades used in SET applications, or to make a product of equivalent weight, but with improved performance. Other positive attributes that 9825E offers are impact strength, chemical resistance and low water vapor transmission rate.

Total developed 9825E to be used in a broad range of thermoformed foodservice and food packaging applications. "Not only does 9825E provide improved rigidity and processability compared to other grades of HDPE used in thermoformed containers, it offers increased gloss for improved aesthetics," says Ted Harris, Marketing Manager for Totals Polymers Americas. "Additionally, it satisfies a growing demand for materials that are widely accepted in recycling programs."

Applications well suited for the use of 9825E include drinking cups, bowls, portion cups and yogurt containers.

As MRC reported earlier, in December 2014, Total permanently shut down HDPE line in Belgium. The plant was shut permanently owing to weak margins which have arisen on account of cheap imports in the region. Located at Antwerp in Belgium, the line had a production capacity of 70,000 mt/year.

Total S.A. is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world with business in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The company's petrochemical products cover two main groups: base chemicals and the consumer polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) that are derived from them.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, HDPE, thermoforming, packaging, thermoformed containes, Total Petrochemicals.
Category:General News
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