NOVA Chemicals extends leadership in moisture barrier resin technology
New SURPASS® HPs267-AB HDPE resin offers previously unachievable polyethylene performance
Calgary, AB (June 29, 2021) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) has introduced its next-generation SURPASS HPs267-AB resin, a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that offers unparalleled levels of moisture barrier performance for multilayer flexible packaging. HPs267-AB’s stiffness and heat resistance enable the acceleration of the plastics circular economy by allowing packaging engineers to design more recyclable polyethylene (PE) film structures.
Eric Vignola, food packaging market manager, NOVA Chemicals, said, “HPs267-AB sets a new standard for moisture barrier performance that extends beyond what most industry experts thought was possible. Our barrier product development team has created a HDPE resin with a novel molecular structure,” he explained. “Simply put, there is no product that compares to this on the market.”
Designed for blown-film applications using NOVA Chemicals’ Advanced SCLAIRTECH™ technology, HPs267-AB delivers up to a 20% increase in water-vapor transmission performance in multilayer coextruded film structures compared to the company’s best-in-class SURPASS HPs167-AB resin. This revolutionary leap in performance yields multiple benefits for film producers, converters and brand owners, including the ability to:
- Increase the shelf life of packaged foods such as meats, cheeses, cereals, crackers, baking staples, high-fat content foods and more.
- Develop more recyclable food packaging by enabling converters to replace non-recyclable metallized or PET laminate layers in film structures with PE materials that provide equivalent stiffness and maximum heat resistance for all PE packaging.
- Reduce material cost by downgauging multilayer film structures without sacrificing barrier performance.
- Expand the range of design options available to packaging designers while enabling them to meet the specific performance and sustainability requirements of their packaging applications.
Anna Rajkovic, circular economy market manager, NOVA Chemicals, agrees. “HPs267 is a significant breakthrough for sustainability-focused brand owners,” she said. “This product will not only help protect products better, longer and more effectively, it has the potential for creating more recyclable film structures and can help brands reach their packaging sustainability goals.”
NOVA Chemicals offers the industry’s highest-performing family of HDPE moisture barrier resins. In addition to SURPASS HPs267-AB resin, the portfolio includes SURPASS HPs167-AB, SURPASS HPs667-AB resins and SCLAIR® 19C resin. For more information visit www.novachem.com/barrier.
About NOVA Chemicals Corporation
NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer. 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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