Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2013

Borealis customers see clear benefits in upgrade to RJ901MO

Borealis customers see clear benefits in upgrade to RJ901MO

Borealis customers see clear benefits in upgrade to RJ901MO

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, is offering tangible cost and performance-related benefits to its customers in the rigid packaging market thanks to the improved properties of its superior flow random copolymer polypropylene (PP) RJ901MO.

Manufactured using Borealis’ proprietary Borstar® technology, the RJ901MO grade was launched in 2012 and has already been tested and approved by customers for a variety of housewares applications in which high transparency, improved aesthetic appearance and good mechanical properties are essential. Customers also benefit from a high melt flow rate (MFR) of 110 and thus subsequent cost and energy savings.

Products based on RJ901MO are visually appealing thanks to the grade’s superior aesthetic performance in terms of transparency and gloss. Enhanced transparency may also be obtained at low processing temperatures. The grade also features a balanced mix of stiffness and impact performance comparable to that of MFR 70 random copolymers at ambient temperatures which allows for versatile use – an ideal profile for manufacturers such as Sunware BV.

Sunware realises tangible benefits of RJ901MO
Based in The Netherlands, Sunware BV is a leading manufacturer of plastic storage solutions for the home. When switching from the current Borealis grade RJ470MO (MFR 70) to RJ901MO (MFR 110) on a product in its popular Q-line series, Sunware obtained significant cost and energy savings. Due to the high flowability and good performance of the new grade, a lower processing temperature could be used, resulting in shorter cooling and cycle times and lower energy consumption. Temperature was reduced by 35°C and cycle time by 15.5%, resulting in energy savings of 7.7% and cost reductions of EUR 39.2 per tonne of material used.

“We are very pleased with the property profile of this grade,” says André Jacobs, Technical Director of Sunware. “It delivers higher flow rates in comparison to standard MFR 70 and its better overall performance means we will be able to implement the grade in a wide variety of applications. Yet another benefit is the fact that using this grade makes our products more visually appealing to our customers.”

“The successful launch of RJ901MO is another excellent example of Borealis’ Value Creation through Innovation Strategy,” comments Rainer Höfling, Borealis Vice President Advanced Packaging & Fibres. “This next-generation grade’s improved processability and end product performance give our customers in the rigid packaging market the competitive edge. Borealis will continue to develop innovative solutions which create value for our customers.”

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