ExxonMobil introduces novel HDPE for flexible films

ExxonMobil has developed a novel high-density polyethylene (HDPE) grade ExxonMobil HD7165L for PE film applications helping converters create mono-material laminates to replace multi-material structures, which can be difficult to recycle.

According to ExxonMobil, the HD7165L offers excellent optical properties and outstanding mechanical properties, and it helps to enable mono-material laminated packaging that can be used to package products like nuts, crackers, condiments, granola bars, and potato chips.

ExxonMobil principal customer and application development engineer Nilesh Savargaonkar said, “The development of new HD7165L has been driven by market demand from brand owners and processors looking to develop all-PE packaging which, in turn, has created a need for print webs made of blown MDO-PE films.”

ExxonMobil™ HD7165L can help converters produce blown MDOPE films with 60-70 per cent HDPE for enhanced stiffness and high heat resistance.

With haze less than ten per cent and gloss higher than 60 per cent, ExxonMobil HD7165L offers excellent optical properties. 

Used as a print web of a PE-PE laminate, it also offers high heat resistance, stiffness for a lack of extensibility, and excellent printability for optimum brand promotion.

In blown MDO-PE film applications, it offers high, uniform orientation, gauge stability, and low gels for easy processability.

CANUSA market development manager Justin Schmader added, “Brand owners and the value chain globally have ambitious goals around the development of packaging that can be recycled.

“Our ongoing innovation to develop new polyethylene grades that can help enable the creation of monomaterial packaging structures is one step in helping them potentially achieve those goals.”

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