Multilayer Property Predictor Tool Now Live on NOVA Chemicals Website

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (August 31, 2015) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (NOVA Chemicals) today announced its new Multilayer Property Predictor (MPP) tool is now live on the company’s website. This interactive, web-based tool allows NOVA Chemicals’ customers to predict the performance of films with up to nine layers, reducing the time and resources needed for them to develop new structures and applications.

Together with NOVA Chemicals’ 9-layer blown film line and a comprehensive suite of in-house converting and test capabilities, the tool helps the company deliver robust applications development support to its film customers. Developmental resins and structures can be designed, produced, and tested with NOVA Chemicals’ equipment and experts, bypassing the need to use converters’ commercial resources on R&D. In addition, the MPP allows customers to quickly determine the viability of a much wider range of potential structures than would be feasible through physical trials or manual predictive performance calculations.

“We are always looking for ways to make our customers’ jobs easier,” said Food Packaging Market Manager, Mike Cappelli, NOVA Chemicals. “We want to help them create the best structure, even when it includes materials that we don’t produce. We put our customers’ success first.”

Several key tool features enhance the user experience. The intuitive user interface walks customers through the process of building a test structure and then calculates several key predictive performance properties. Calculations for any saved structures can be compared in chart and table formats, enabling users to evaluate the properties of different structures before moving forward with the application trial process. A large database can be customized by each user to include the additional materials that make up their unique structures.

“Our customers are always seeking to be more efficient in developing new structures. Because the MPP allows them to study and compare predicted performance virtually, they may be able to reduce the number of application trials that are required,” said Technical Service Specialist, Dan Ward, NOVA Chemicals. “The Predictor will help us address the challenges our customers face, which not only reduces development costs, but also gets products to market faster.”

The MPP is the first in a series of planned calculators and models. Future versions of the MPP tool will incorporate additional predictive properties to further enhance customers’ film structure development process. Films modelled using the Multilayer Property Predictor tool will support applications development work for customers in the food packaging and other flexible film markets. Visit to register and explore the Multilayer Property Predictor.


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 a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

About NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Business

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 is driven by our brand promises of Focused Expertise, Applied Innovation, Proactive Service and Reliable Supply.


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