LyondellBasell Industries AF SCA (Booth W20a), the world's largest polyofeins maker, is headed to NPE2009 with advancements and improvements in polypropylene and specialty resins.
The firm, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, recently received what it said is the industry's first-ever ISO PP 125 approval for PP use in water pipe. The certification means the material can resist internal water pressure at 68° F for 50 years.
Elsewhere in pipe, several converters including Georg Fischer AG of Schaffhausen, Switzerland plan to develop standards for the use of LyondellBasell's Akoafloor-brand polybutylene terephthalate.
The material can be used in underfloor, low-temperature pipe heating and cooling systems, officials said.
Custom thermoformer Magic Vac Inc. in Salt Lake City, is using two thermoplastic polyolefin grades from LyondellBasell in roof caps for enclosed cargo trailers. The cost, performance and appearance of the materials allowed Magic Vac to replace fiberglass in the application, officials with both firms said.
On the resin production side, a new single-site catalyst has improved performance of LyondellBasell's Metocene-brand PP. The new catalyst family extends LyondellBasell's range of homopolymer, random copolymer and impact PP grades by offering performance from very low to very high melt-flow rates, said Yves Bonte, the firm's senior vice president of PP.
In the automotive market, Hifax-brand compounded PP is being used in tailgate outer panels and roof spoilers for the Kuga, a crossover vehicle made by Ford Motor Co. The 30 percent talc-filled grades of Hifax offer 30 percent weight savings, LyondellBasell officials said.
The Kuga's panels and spoilers are made by processor Plastal GmbH of Weisenburg, Germany.
LyondellBasell officials also said they are progressing with joint venture partner Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries Ltd. LLP in developing an integrated plastics and petrochemicals complex in Karabatan, Kazakhstan. The plant will include a PP unit and two polyethylene units using LyondellBasell technologies.