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Borealis launches market leading polymer development for non-woven fibres

Borealis A/S : 27 April, 2000  (New Product)
Borealis launches a new resin at Index
Borealis launches a new resin at Index ´99, the world's leading non-wovens exhibition, which takes place from April 27 to April 30 in Geneva. Borealis has strengthened its family of melt blown resins with the market launch of HL 512 FB. This new polypropylene grade for non-woven fibres is the first pelletised material, globally, to offer a Melt Flow Rate of 1200 for this market.

Borealis launches a new resin at Index ´99, the world's leading non-wovens exhibition, which takes place from April 27 to April 30 in Geneva. Borealis has strengthened its family of melt blown resins with the market launch of HL 512 FB. This new polypropylene grade for non-woven fibres is the first pelletised material, globally, to offer a Melt Flow Rate of 1200 for this market.

HL 512 FB is the result of Borealis' 'Meltblown 2000', a product development programme which has been designed to extend the melt blown technology and to drive added value developments for customers at a faster pace. This new product represents a significant performance step for the industry. The higher MFR 1200, obtained with HL 512 FB, allows for the production of fibres with an ultra-thin diameter, leading to a softer uniform web, achieved at lower energy cost. According to Borealis marketing manager polypropylene, André Van Uffelt, 'The fibres produced from HL 512 FB are less than two microns in diameter. This gives the new grade an ideal fit in applications demanding tighter specifications than previously achieved. It also offers the opportunity for further design advanced in existing applications.

We foresee that fine filtraton products will be one of the greatest potential areas'. HL 512 FB also brings a substantial benefit to applications where thinner fibre is not a design criteria. Offering energy savings of up to 40 per cent, compared to existing products with a MFR of 800, HL 512 FB opens the route for increased productivity. The thinner fibre processing and reduced energy usage of HL 512 FB, combined with the higher level of safety in the working environment provided by pelletised resins, have been confirmed in trials at customers' facilities and are already stimulating demand for this advanced product. The Borealis product portfolio offers pelletised melt blown materials with a range of MFR 450 to 1200 for non-woven fibre applications.
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