NOVA Chemicals Commercializes New High-Performance Resin for Heavy Duty Sack Market

Versatile polyethylene resin delivers exceptional balance of properties

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (March 29, 2016) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) today announced the commercialization of SURPASS® HPs019-F polyethylene resin (“HPs019-F”), a new resin grade designed for the heavy duty sack (“HDS”) market. HPs019-F is a high-performance octene copolymer polyethylene resin featuring a balance of toughness and tear, with exceptional creep resistance properties.

With distinct molecular architecture, HPs019-F delivers a mix of properties previously unavailable in a single polyethylene resin. The resin, which is made with NOVA Chemicals’ proprietary Advanced SCLAIRTECH™ Technology, enables downgauging and delivers improved film quality and versatility compared to traditional HDS mono-layer and coextruded structures. HPs019-F is ideal for a wide range of HDS applications, such as salt and resin bags, animal feed and bulk food packaging, and sealant films for laminate structures.

“HPs019-F enables our heavy duty sack customers to do more with less,” said Mark Kay, performance films group manager, NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Business. “The resin’s versatility and all-around performance allows extruders to use it in coextrusions for a number of different applications.” The commercialization of HPs019-F is an example NOVA Chemicals’ customer-centric research and development work at the Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary. For more information, visit NOVA Chemicals on the internet at


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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