Company will showcase plans to serve growing flexible packaging market
Calgary, Alberta, Canada (April 1, 2019) – NOVA Chemicals Corp. (NOVA Chemicals) will exhibit for the first time ever at PLASTIMAGEN Mexico 2019, Latin America’s premier conference and exposition for the plastics industry, April 2-5 in Mexico City. At its booth, NOVA Chemicals will be highlighting its performance polyethylene (PE) resins and other offerings to the Mexican and greater Latin American markets, upcoming new polyethylene capacity and its commitment to sustainability.
Henry Wurfbain, LATAM team leader, NOVA Chemicals, said participation in PLASTIMAGEN 2019 is one of several initiatives NOVA Chemicals is undertaking to satisfy growing demand for its advanced PE resins throughout Mexico and Latin America.
“We have been serving customers in Mexico for more than 20 years,” Wurfbain explained. “This show represents a major opportunity for us to enhance those relationships while showcasing the new products, technologies and increased product supply we are introducing to the market.”
NOVA Chemicals will be showcasing its broad slate of performance PE resins, including products that are ideal for use in multilayer recyclable barrier film structures for food packaging and other flexible packaging applications. Visitors can learn about purchasing NOVA Chemicals’ products directly or through branded distributors M. Holland Latinoamérica and Osterman Plastics de Mexico. Both companies have strong ties to Mexico and complement NOVA Chemicals’ dedicated team of direct sales and technical service experts in the region.
Company representatives will be available to discuss additional product volume that will be coming onto the market over the next several years. NOVA Chemicals is building a second Advanced SCLAIRTECH™ technology plant (AST2) near its ethylene cracker in Corunna, Ontario, Canada. Expected to start up in late 2021/early 2022, the AST2 plant will supply 450,000 metric tons annually of octene linear low and high density PE to meet the growing global demand for high-performance PE.
Bayport Polymers LLC (Baystar™), a 50/50 joint venture owned by Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI) and Novealis Holdings LLC - itself a 50/50 venture co-owned by Borealis AG and NOVA Chemicals, is also adding new PE capacity. Along with the the existing Bayport HDPE facility in Pasadena, Texas and the under-construction ethane cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, a 625,000 metric ton-per-year Borstar® polyethylene unit is now being constructed in Pasadena. The new PE facility will offer customers in North America greater supply and more direct access to performance PE resins.
Show attendees can also learn about NOVA Chemicals’ commitment to sustainability, including recent major investments in Project STOP and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste:
- Project STOP aims to eliminate the leakage of plastics into the environment by developing partnerships with city governments to create effective circular systems. NOVA Chemicals joined Project STOP in 2018 as a strategic partner with an initial investment of nearly USD $2Million over three years.
- The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) aims to advance solutions to reduce plastic waste in the environment, with a specific focus on ocean pollution. NOVA Chemicals is a founding member of the Alliance, along with close to 30 members of the plastics value chain from chemical producers to brand owners and waste management companies.
“We need to work toward the creation of a plastics circular economy that reduces waste and encourages reuse, recycling and regeneration,” said John Thayer, senior vice president, polyethylene business at NOVA Chemicals. “The Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Project STOP are two of the best initiatives globally that are positioned to bring about meaningful, system and permanent solutions to the plastics end of life issues we’re facing today.”
NOVA Chemicals is also undertaking research and development to help its customers develop more sustainable packaging, with initiatives underway to reduce food waste through barrier, seal, and abuse resistance, and a range of work to enable a plastics circular economy. One important area of current R&D is focused on the use of recyclate (PCR and other) in applications that have traditionally been made with 100% virgin materials. New NOVA Chemicals’ PE resins are being designed with thermal stability to withstand multiple rounds of mechanical recycling, or to be used as virgin resin to compensate for use with a larger percentage of recyclate. Applications development work is also focused on film structure designs that incorporate recyclate while providing performance comparable to 100% virgin packaging structures.
To learn more, visit NOVA Chemicals at Plastimagen at booth 2230 in the main hall.
ABOUT NOVA CHEMICALS
NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly owned, ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The NOVA Chemicals polyethylene business enables its customers’ success with a portfolio of more than 125 specialized SURPASS®, SCLAIR® and NOVAPOL® resins. Each new NOVA Chemicals resin is developed to meet customer requirements, from drop-in consistency to step-out performance attributes. Our customer-centric approach drives our business.
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Andie Stiles, Marketing Communications and Trade PR