NOVA Chemicals has launched three new polyethylene butene film resins under its NOVAPOL PF-Y818 Series range.

The newly introduced resins are expected to facilitate film production and perform better compared to the conventional butene linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE).

All the three resins are made using different set of additives to meet specific requirements of film extruders but exhibit the same performance properties.

The resins exhibit a suitable balance of physical properties, and also feature better clarity and low gels that significantly improve optics over LLDPE.

Manufacturers can use the resins for multiple applications, including food packaging, stretch film, industrial liners, retail trash bags and collation shrink.

NOVA Chemicals group market leader Alan Schrob said: “We have been able to demonstrate productivity output gains up to 20% with our customers.

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“These gains lead to higher revenue per film line and could allow deferment of capital expenditures on new blown film lines.”

“These gains lead to higher revenue per film line and could allow deferment of capital expenditures on new blown film lines.”

The melt strength of new resins increases bubble stability on blown film lines enabling them to run faster, offering higher productivity to the film manufacturers.

By reducing the need for low-density polyethylene (LDPE), the resins also enable the extruders to simplify structures and blends in the process.

Schrob added: “These new grades allow our customers to improve their productivity without sacrificing the consistency, reliability and versatility they have come to expect in our NOVAPOL resins.”

All the three resins are developed at NOVA Chemical’s Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary.