Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, brings clear advantages in sustainability and fresh-look aesthetics to the rigid packaging market with the launch of its new superior flow random copolymer polypropylene (PP) RJ901MO.
The next generation advance for thin wall packaging and houseware applications, such as storage boxes, CD and DVD cases, delivers an overall step-change in performance, less energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint plus strong visual appeal. The grade is manufactured using Borealis’ proprietary Borstar® technology.
RJ901MO’s high melt flow rate (MFR) of 110 in combination with nucleation enables lower processing temperatures. For packaging converters, this creates the potential for higher productivity through optimised cycle times and energy savings. Compared to MFR 70 materials, it is possible to obtain a 20°C reduction in melt temperatures resulting in a 20% cycle time reduction.
Alternatively the achievement of a 10-15% reduction in maximum injection moulding pressure, when compared to MFR 70 materials, also brings energy saving potential. In addition, lower moulding pressures contribute to longer life moulds and less maintenance. The grade’s better flowability also enables simpler mould design with fewer runners, for a straight-forward production process.
RJ901MO offers a good balance of stiffness and impact performance comparable to that of MFR 70 random copolymers at ambient temperatures which allows stable stacking of finished articles. The good flow and stiffness combination also makes the material ideally suited to the production of complex shapes or long, narrow lengths.
Products based on RJ901MO benefit from an appealing, fresh look even when stacked. This is a result of the grade’s outstanding optical performance in terms of excellent transparency and gloss, and a non-yellowing effect. Superior transparency is achievable also at low processing temperatures.
“The launch of RJ901MO reinforces our commitment to provide the rigid packaging market with value-added, sustainable solutions for the value chain,” comments Rainer Höfling, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Moulding. “The potential for lower temperature processing created by the grade’s superior flow results in clear productivity advantages for converters and more environmentally-considerate processing, with converters able to offer the market finished articles displaying highly-appealing transparency.”
About Borealis Business Unit Moulding
Borealis' moulding business specialises in supplying advanced polyolefin plastics for injection and blow moulding processing technologies. Through leading technologies such as Borstar and BNT (Borealis Nucleation Technology) and a product portfolio for a wide range of applications such as bottles, thin wall packaging, caps and closures, transport packaging, houseware and healthcare, we have established over 50 years a leading position on the moulding market across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We believe that customer-driven innovation is the only way to achieve and sustain progress.
Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.
Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.
Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge (borouge.com) and Borealis (borealisgroup.com) are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
Water for the World is a trademark of the Borealis group.
Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.