Borealis Launches New Pipe and Advanced Packaging Innovations at Plastpol 2012

Hall E, Stand E-34

May 29 - June 1, 2012

Kielce, Poland

Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, will launch cutting-edge advances for the pipe and advanced packaging sectors at Plastpol 2012 from May 29 - June 1 in Kielce, Poland.

The innovation highlights on display in Hall E, Stand E-34 are the latest solutions for the productivity, differentiation and sustainability challenges plastics processors are facing globally.

Pipe Innovation

Borealis offers the infrastructure pipe industry a range of innovative polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) materials through its BorSafe(TM) and BorECO(TM) product ranges.

For hot and cold water pipes, Borealis has a long track record with its BorPEX(TM) product range as a supplier of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX). At Plastpol, Borealis will introduce a new outer layer solution for multi-layer composite pipes (MLCP):

o BorPEX(TM) ME2578 is now available as the quality outer layer PEX-b solution for multi-layer composite pipes (MLCP). This innovative PE-based material cross-links automatically at ambient temperatures which avoids the need for a post-treatment stage, thereby offering considerable savings for pipe producers. The stability of the material ensures a smooth production process, resulting in an excellent surface finish.

Advanced Packaging Innovations

For packaging converters, Borealis supports the increasing market demand for more customer convenience and design-appeal with the introduction of two new peelable compounds for transparent lidding film and peel against itself applications:

o Borpeel(TM) WD955CF and Steripeel(TM) WE950CF provide superior optics, high transparency and a broad processing window. The innovations complete Borealis' high performance portfolio of peelable solutions for lidding film on PP trays and peel against itself for standard peelable film, sterilisable applications, medical applications and anti-fogging films.

"It was a challenge to combine excellent transparency, sterilisability and easy-opening performance in one single product," comments Thierry Chevrier, Borealis Vice President Business Unit Film & Fibre. "By means of our new Steripeel(TM) grade, we have successfully achieved this unique combination, in order to address the increasing market demand for convenience packaging."

Value-Added Solutions

Further packaging developments on show at Plastpol will include BorPure(TM) moulding solutions for excellent organoleptic performance and processability for transparent consumer food packaging and PE caps. Bormed(TM) polyolefins which meet the challenging needs of primary pharmaceutical and diagnostic packaging will also be featured.

In line with its commitment to bring value-added solutions to the region's processors, Borealis will also showcase new technologies and materials offering improved aesthetics, weight savings and efficiency benefits to industries such as automotive, wire and cable, and appliance sectors.

"Plastics processors, manufacturers and brand owners in the emerging Central and Eastern European markets are looking to the latest materials to provide the efficiency, high-quality and environmental benefits they need to be competitive," comments Gerd Löbbert, Borealis Executive Vice President Polyolefins. "At Plastpol 2012, we will demonstrate the advanced efficiency, performance and differentiation opportunities available with Borealis' value-added polypropylene and polyethylene innovations."

For further information please contact:

Virginia Mesicek, External Communications Manager

Tel. +43 1 22 400 772, E-mail:

Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 7.1 billion in 2011, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,300 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world's major oil and gas companies, the company's footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,700 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.

Building on Borealis' unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.

Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.

Borouge and Borealis are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world's water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World(TM) initiative.

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BorSafe, BorECO, BorPEX, Borpeel, Steripeel, BorPure, Bormed and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.

Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.

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