NOVA Chemicals to Showcase Expertise at ISTA Forum

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (May 13, 2019) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”) will showcase its polyethylene and expandable styrenics offerings and expertise at the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Forum in Denver, May 13-16. For the first time, NOVA Chemicals’ polyethylene and expandable styrenics teams will co-exhibit at the ISTA Forum. In addition, Monika Kleczek, Ph.D., a product development research scientist for NOVA Chemicals, will present original research demonstrating the viability of film-to-film recycling of flexible packaging for transportation applications. Jonathan Quinn, market development manager for NOVA Chemicals’ PE business, will formally begin his three-year term on the organization’s global Board of Directors during the Forum, and will speak at the event.

NOVA Chemicals’ polyethylene and expandable styrenics businesses will jointly demonstrate how their resins and expertise are enabling the development of tougher and more sustainable packaging for transport applications, including abuse-resistant, recyclable film structure designs for ships-in-own-container (SIOC) compliance and lightweight ARCEL® resins that protect fragile goods in transit. Both businesses have been focusing on plastics sustainability and packaging requirements of the e-commerce supply for several years and have a deep understanding of the impact these market trends have on the transportation industry.

Dr. Kleczek will present a paper titled, “Polyethylene Packaging Repurposed as Value-Added E-Commerce Consumer Packaging,” on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:15 p.m. The presentation will show how PE packaging film can be mechanically recycled multiple times into high-value flexible transportation packaging materials, including machine-stretch film, vacuum-pack protective film, collation shrink film and dunnage film, before being ultimately recycled into durable rigid consumer or industrial products.

“This research highlights NOVA Chemicals’ commitment to advancing a circular plastics economy. The transportation industry, brand owners and the plastic industry at-large have established aggressive sustainability targets that include making flexible packaging products more recycle-ready,” she explained. “While the research we’re presenting at ISTA focuses primarily on flexible packaging for the transportation industry, it will show that our PE resins have potential for broad application across a number of industrial and consumer packaging markets.”

Quinn’s appointment to the global ISTA board reflects his considerable expertise. “Flexible packaging solutions for e-commerce need to be designed for the home delivery supply chain while meeting retailer goals for aesthetics and sustainability,” he explained. “ISTA plays a vital role in the testing and regulation of these flexible packages, which helps ensure their ability to endure the rigors and challenges of e-commerce.”

Quinn has been involved with ISTA since he was a student at Clemson University and formally joined the organization through NOVA Chemicals in 2016. NOVA Chemicals is a long-term member of ISTA and actively supports the organization’s role in the development of flexible and rigid packaging for transit.

“Jonathan is a welcome addition to our global Board of Directors,” said A.J. Gruber, President of ISTA. “He brings valuable insight and leadership in the burgeoning e-commerce space, which will be an area of increased focus for our organization for years to come.”

In addition to being officially installed on the ISTA board, Quinn will be joined by Peter Apostoluk of Millipore Sigma for an interactive discussion session titled “Foods, Pharmaceuticals, & Detergents… Oh My!”. The session, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 8:45 a.m., is about the role of e-commerce packaging in protecting consumers and the need for new standards and labeling protocols.

To learn more about NOVA Chemicals’ products and expertise, visit the company’s booth at the ISTA 2019 Forum or


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.


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