Visitors to Stand 1E32 will experience step-change developments from Borealis that are taking the cost-efficiency, advanced performance and aesthetics, and sustainability benefits of polyolefins into new applications.
Highlights include Borealis’s recently-launched BorShape™ film one-product solution, use of Daplen™ TPO grades for the new VW Touareg bumper, and the latest Bormed™ advances for pharmaceutical packaging.
BorShape covers packaging challenges in one solution
• BorShape is a new generation of film materials that offers unparalleled performance without compromising operational performance. It sets a new standard in the PO film market by creating new opportunities to develop innovative packaging films with less material, greater efficiency and improved environmental and lifecycle performance.
• High toughness and very high stiffness allow faster line speeds, downgauging of up to 30%, and lower energy use during processing and transportation for films that match or outperform the features of comparable advanced metallocene based polyethylene materials.
VW Touareg bumper fascias strengthen PP foothold in automotive
• Close co-operation with customers led Daplen VB4411, a TPO containing 10% mineral filler, to be chosen for the bumper fascias on the new VW Touareg. The material provided the ideal solution to meet requirements for very low thermal expansion and to yield parts with “zero gap” dimensional tolerance.
• Bumper fascias are a key example of polypropylene’s increasing foothold in automotive applications owing to its weight reduction, fuel efficiency, aesthetics and unit cost-saving advantages.
Latest Bormed innovations bring manufacturing and user benefits to healthcare sector
• Borealis is one of few polymer companies in the world capable of meeting all the stringent requirements of the healthcare industry offering security of supply, dedicated materials, additional support and innovation. Bormed dedicated polyolefins meet the highest quality standards and fulfil all regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical and medical applications.
• The latest developments to be featured at Interplastica 2011 include Bormed LE6601-PH for flexible ampoules and Bormed SC820CF for pouches. Both grades create new opportunities for improved performance and efficiency in the healthcare market.
15 years success story in Russia
At Interplastica, Borealis will also celebrate 15 years in Russia. Almost since Borealis was founded, the company has been present with a Sales Office in the growing Russian market. Mainly supplied with polyolefins and base chemicals materials from Borealis’ plant in Porvoo, Finland, the focus in the Russian market is on advanced packaging and infrastructure applications.
“With signs indicating a strengthening in the Russian economy following the global recession and rising energy prices, companies now have an increasing awareness of the need for modernisation such as for example the demand for lighter weight vehicles or thinner packaging and a focus on innovation in order to remain competitive,” comments Gerd Löbbert, Executive Vice President for Polyolefins at Borealis. “Interplastica 2011 presents Borealis with an important networking opportunity with existing and potential customers from the growing plastics sector in Russia and Eastern Europe. We are looking forward to demonstrating how our latest innovations continue the 15 years success story of proving added-value in creating new market opportunities and improving the productivity, cost-efficiency and environmental performance of companies around the world.”
About Borealis and Borouge
Borealis 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 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 1,600 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 experience in polyolefins of 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 (borealisgroup.com) and Borouge (borouge.com) have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year of which 26% are the result of a recently completed capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. An additional 2.5 million tonnes per year is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013, creating the world's largest integrated polyolefins plant. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain, around the world, can always rely on superior products 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™ (waterfortheworld.net) initiative.
BorShape, Daplen and Bormed are trademarks of the Borealis group.