NOVA Chemicals Debuts New Butene Film Resin Series Designed to Increase Output, Improve Performance

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (September 27, 2017) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”), a leading supplier of polyethylene in the Americas, has announced the availability of three new polyethylene butene film resins. The NOVAPOL® PF-Y818 Series resins can enable film manufacturers to achieve significant output increases and improved performance compared to traditional butene linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE).

Each of the three resins in the series has the same performance properties, but is formulated with a different set of additives for the specific needs of film extruders. The resins can be used in a wide range of flexible film applications including food packaging, stretch film, industrial liners, retail trash bags and collation shrink.

“We have been able to demonstrate productivity output gains up to 20 percent with our customers,” said Alan Schrob, group market leader, NOVA Chemicals. “These gains lead to higher revenue per film line and could allow deferment of capital expenditures on new blown film lines.”

Productivity gains are enabled by the melt strength of the resins, which increases bubble stability on blown film lines, allowing the lines to run faster. The new series’ enhanced melt strength can also allow extruders to simplify structures and blends by reducing or eliminating the need for low density polyethylene (LDPE). In addition, these three resins feature an exceptional balance of physical properties including excellent clarity and low gels, which significantly improve optics over traditional butene LLDPE.

“We are committed to innovation that enables our customers’ success,” added Schrob. “These new grades allow our customers to improve their productivity without sacrificing the consistency, reliability and versatility they have come to expect in our NOVAPOL resins.” The development and expansion of the PF-Y818 resin series are a result of the customer-centric research and development work at the company’s Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary. For more information on NOVAPOL PF-Y818, visit NOVA Chemicals’ product finder online 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 wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company 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 drives our business.


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