Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, launches unique, high stiffness polypropylene (PP) grade Bormod™ BH381MO to support manufacturers of industrial pails in meeting their increasing sustainability and product quality goals.
New heterophasic copolymer Bormod BH381MO uses Borealis Nucleation Technology (BNT) to achieve a one-of-a-kind balance of excellent stiffness, flow and impact. The PP grade has a melt flow rate (MFR) of 35 that behaves like traditional MFR 45 grades. At the same time its stiffness level (tensile modulus) of 1700 MPa is more than 150 MPa higher than standard MFR 30 grades, yet with the same impact performance of softer grades. The higher stiffness performance is maintained in high temperature environments.
The combination of characteristics allows for lower processing temperatures and lower injection pressure including the possibility to fill more complex parts. It also supports easier de-moulding. This creates a spectrum of productivity and associated environmental related advantages for converters within a one material solution. These include:
• between 10-20% reduction in cycle time with shorter cooling times;
• possibilities for downgauging and weight reduction;
• energy and cost savings through low temperature processing and low injection pressures as well as faster cycles;
• reduced carbon footprint from less energy consumption;
• good stacking and drop performance for finished pails of all sizes.
The improvements offered by Bormod BH381MO are exemplified by the positive benefits experienced by Borealis’ customer Wolf Plastics, an Austrian container producer. Borealis worked closely with Wolf Plastics from the start of the new grade’s development, taking the company’s end product processability requirements and trial feedback into account to achieve the resulting material innovation that responds to the market’s needs.
Wolf Plastics has taken advantage of Bormod BH381MO’s low temperature processing performance to achieve shorter cooling times for its pails. In combination with its increased stiffness and reduction in injection pressure, this leads to reduced cycle times and lower energy consumption during manufacture. The improved stiffness at higher temperatures means that Wolf Plastics’ customers can work with added assurance and without waiting delays.
The combined stiffness / impact resistance performance will also make it possible for Wolf Plastics to deliver improved performance to their customers in the future. Another achievement is that the company can use the same PP material for its full range of pails in order to reduce its inventory requirements as the previous MFR 20 grade used by Wolf was unsuitable for small pails due to its low wall thickness.
“New Bormod BH381MO is an excellent example of the mutual benefits that can be achieved by working together with customers, no matter what their size, in the development of new products,” comments Nicholas Kolesch, Borealis Marketing Manager Business Unit Moulding. “By responding to the key requirements identified by Wolf Plastics, Borealis has been able achieve a dedicated material solution that fills a gap in the market in terms of efficiency and overall performance for a more sustainable pail production process.”
In addition to large containers and pails for food, paint, DIY and other consumables, Bormod BH381MO is suitable for other packaging applications where high stiffness with good impact and good flow is required, e.g. thin walled packaging, houseware and transport packaging.
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.
Bormod and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.
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