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Plastics company LyondellBasell will launch a new grade of homopolymer which it claims provides better impact resistance for packaging applications.

The new Moplen HE745T is a high-flow, nucleated polypropylene (PP) homopolymer grade which provides a stiffness and impact performance balance that allows the production of thinner-walled products such as storage containers and media boxes.

It will allow manufacturers to consume less material but still meet the requirements for use as transport or storage-resistant containers for commercial or household use.

The variant also protects the environment and avoids waste by ensuring lower energy requirements in processing.

“Moplen HE745T uses our latest catalyst technology and impact enhancement capabilities,” Australian business manager Robert Moran said.

“It is our first of several impact enhanced homopolymers produced at the LyondellBasell Geelong PP plant in Australia, offering customers an optimal balance of stiffness and impact performance without the need of blending multiple materials.”

The Geelong plant uses liquid phase technology and LyondellBasell catalysts to produce a wide range of homopolymer polypropylene grades that are marketed across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and India.

Typical applications are film, fibre, industrial strapping, caps and closures, rigid and flexible packaging, housewares, flower pots and blow-moulded products.

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