​Lab and Testing Facilities

NOVA Chemicals’ organization provides highly skilled resources and capabilities which collectively aim to maximize value for our customers. In addition to providing our customers a competitive edge by helping them use our polyethylene resins in their processes in the most effective manner, we assist our customers by providing expertise in the development of product applications for new business opportunities.
NOVA Chemicals' Testing Services laboratories in Calgary have a broad range of capabilities to assist our customers in identifying innovative technical solutions for their business. The laboratories are fully equipped and staffed to provide timely, cost-effective, accurate, and reliable testing.

The laboratories at our Technical Centre are approved by various regulatory bodies to generate the appropriate data required for certification, thereby reducing the time it takes to qualify and commercialize new products.


Our capabilities include a variety of plastics processing equipment ranging from laboratory to commercial-scale for product quality and performance evaluation. We are able to simulate, troubleshoot, and optimize our customers’ operating conditions for the following processes:
  • Blown or cast film, mono-layer or co-extruded
  • Injection molding
  • Rotational molding
  • Blow molding
  • Compounding
  • Converting (VFFS, shrink, caps and closures)

NOVA Chemicals’ testing capabilities include:
  • Molecular and compositional characterization
  • Morphological and high-resolution microscopic characterization
  • Rheological characterization
  • Elemental analysis
  • Structure analysis
  • Additive characterization
  • Thermal analysis
  • Physical property testing
  • Barrier testing
  • Caps/Closure testing