LyondellBasell launches new, stiffer LDPE packaging film in US

Dutch petrochemicals major LyondellBasell today announced the North American commercial launch of a new low density polyethylene (LDPE) resin `Petrothene L3035'.

The company announced the launch at the Applied Market Information's Polyethylene 2010 Conference in Daytona, Florida.

Petrothene L3035 LDPE can be used in a wide range of blown film applications. "Compared to competitive LDPE grades, it features higher stiffness, shrink energy and puncture strength, while still delivering excellent optics and processability," the company said in a release.

Petrothene L3035 resin can be effectively used in applications such as collation shrink film, overwraps and food and medical packaging, among others, the company said.

"Through our state-of-the-art technology centers, LyondellBasell is dedicated to developing innovative products for our customers such as Petrothene L3035 that provide enhanced properties for superior performance," said Jim Clark, business manager of polyethylene flexible applications for LyondellBasell in the Americas.

Customers can utilise the performance features of Petrothene L3035 to downgauge their flexible packages, resulting in material savings. "The puncture strength, high stiffness and shrink energy are of particular benefit to collation shrink film, contributing to a tighter, more robust package which enables the elimination of trays," said Steve Imfeld, LyondellBasell's new business development manager for polyethylene flexible applications in the Americas.