New Pelletised PP Resin from PolyMirae for Customers in Meltblown Applications


November 14, 2007 - PolyMirae Company Ltd, a joint venture of Basell and Daelim and leading Asian polypropylene manufacturer and marketer, has introduced a new pelletised high fluidity polypropylene resin which can address the increasing demands of customers in meltblown textile applications.

The new resin, Moplen HP461X, is produced utilising PolyMirae's state-of-the-art manufacturing technology combined with advanced catalyst systems from Basell. "Moplen HP461X is an ultra-high melt flow rate (MFR) resin offering a narrow molecular weight distribution (MWD), making it an ideal candidate for meltblown fiber and compounding extrusion applications," said GY Ha, technical support manager of PolyMirae. "Customer trials have demonstrated that this pelletised PP grade has excellent processability which enables improved performance," he said.

"PolyMirae is one of the first Asian producers to offer a pelletised resin for meltblown applications," stressed Ha. "The pelletised form is more cost effective for customers. It enables easier handling and better processing as well as excellent property consistency and uniform peroxide concentrations. In addition, the final products that can be produced display superior heat resistance characteristics and improved air filtering efficiency (longer lasting electrostatic charging)," he explained.

The very narrow MWD and high degree of resin consistency of Moplen HP461X promote finer fibers and enhance fiber filament thread line continuity, along with reduced dust in meltblown spinning processes. Finer filaments enable deniers to be reduced significantly, with markedly improved barrier performance as well as soft-touch characteristics - which can provide customers with value-added performance in medical and hygiene products.

The high MFR allows processing temperatures to be reduced over standard meltblown materials, which translate into important energy consumption savings. The low smoke, clean running resin also has good thermal and processing stability, plus low gas fading characteristics.

Moplen HP461X is now commercially available in Korea and for export. In export markets, it will be sold via Daelim Corporation in China and via Basell for all other countries.

About PolyMirae
PolyMirae, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, has four production lines using Spheripol technology located in Yeosu with an annual capacity of over 630KT. PolyMirae works together with Basell's technology team in the development of its products and has a broad customer base across Asia, spanning sectors from packaging and automotive to consumer goods and textiles. Additional information about PolyMirae is available at www.polymirae.com.

About Daelim Corporation
Daelim Corporation is the trading arm of the Daelim Group focusing on petrochemical and petroleum products, such as polyolefins, monomers and naphtha with four sales offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, Daelim Corporation owns and charters a fleet of five clean petroleum product tankers. Additional information about Daelim Corporation is available at daelimcorp.co.kr.

About Basell
Basell is the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing. It is the largest producer of polypropylene and advanced polyolefin products; a leading supplier of polyethylene and catalysts, and the industry leader in licensing polypropylene and polyethylene processes, including providing technical services for its proprietary technologies. Basell, together with its joint ventures, has manufacturing facilities in 19 countries and sells products in more than 120 countries. Additional information about Basell is available at basell.com.

For more information contact:

Kathy Chan,
Basell Corporate Communications,
at +852 2585 0103 or
kathy.chan@basell.com or
please visit our newsroom at basell.com/content/newsrooms

Yasmine Lee,
PolyMirae Communications,
at +82 2 2167 8913 or
yos.lee@polymirae.com

GB Kim,
Daelim Corporation
PP Marketing,
at +82 2 3708 3322 or
dckgb@daelimcorp.co.kr

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