Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, announces the launch of two new generation BorPure™ materials for transparent food containers that offer a step change in organoleptics, a 10% reduction in cycle times and energy, and CO2 reduction of up to 4 tonnes per year for the converter.
BorPure RG466MO and BorPure RJ377MO are high transparency polypropylene (PP) random copolymers targeted primarily at the different market segments of house- and kitchenware (RG466MO) and thin wall packaging (RJ377MO). Based on proprietary Borealis Nucleation Technology (BNT) the high melt flow rate (MFR) and high purity materials meet market preferences towards no tainting of taste and odour of food.
BorPure RG466MO delivers a significant change in taste and odour performance. It also offers a combination of excellent stiffness/impact balance, low warpage, good anti-static behaviour and ease of moulding for complex shapes, which together make it an ideal solution for food storage containers used in the kitchen and around the house.
BorPure RJ377MO combines its market leading organoleptic properties with excellent transparency, drop impact, top load and denesting performance. This allows manufacturers to create thin wall containers and lids that can be stacked easily inside and on top of one another without cracking. Typical applications benefitting from such performance include packaging for salads, sauces, dairy and convenience meals, transparent packaging for houseware as well as caps and closures.
Both grades advance manufacturers' drive for greater cost-efficiency. Their high crystallisation speeds, and ease of moulding and demoulding allow for fast production and short cycles. This creates the potential for high output in the injection moulding process. For example, when tested on a 2-cavity-cup-mould, the high throughput achieved with BorPure RG466MO resulted in more than 450 cups/hr (850ml cup- 0,37 mm thickness).
Packaging converters can take advantage of significant reduction in cooling time due to faster crystallisation thus reducing the energy by 10%. This creates up to 5% lower CO2 emissions during production, generating both cost savings and environmental benefits.
"Borealis is proud to introduce yet another step change in organoleptic performance to the food packaging market with the launch of our latest BorPure innovations - RG466MO and RJ377MO," comments Bala Kona, Application Marketing Manager Business Unit Moulding. "The market's drive to meet increasing consumer expectations for crystal clear, convenient packaging solutions that also avoid any product taste or odour contamination is placing heavy demands on converters. This is a particularly difficult challenge in light of converters' own needs to improve operating efficiency. Through close cooperation with the market we have focused our development efforts on addressing each set of requirements and achieved the differentiation we desire for our innovations."
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 (borealisgroup.com) is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 4.7 billion in 2009, customers in over 120 countries, and 5,200 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 centers and customer service centers 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 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 1,400 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.
Building on the unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins for more than 50 years, 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 plant nutrients to phenol and acetone.
Today Borealis and Borouge manufacture over 4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year. Borouge is currently tripling its polyolefins manufacturing capacity to 2 million tonnes per year (t/y) by mid-2010 and an additional 2.5 million t/y is scheduled for 2013. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, across the globe, can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.
Borouge and Borealis 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™ initiative.