Borealis investment ensures superior high flow materials for automotive and food packaging customers

18-Jun-2009 - Austria

Borealis announced the start-up of an additional gas phase reactor at its Schwechat plant in Austria that will enhance its ability to produce superior high flow materials for the automotive and packaging sectors. The new four-reactor configuration is the result of Borealis’ EUR 35 million investment to upgrade its 300,000 tons per year (t/y) Borstar® polypropylene (PP) plant in Schwechat, Austria. The addition of a third gas phase reactor will ensure that the products based on Borealis‘ proprietary multi-modal Borstar technology are fully bimodal.

According to the company, bimodality allows Borealis to tailor each product‘s characteristics precisely to achieve specific performance and processing benefits. The addition of bimodality throughout the manufacturing process at Schwechat will allow antagonistic properties to be combined in one material or the inclusion of different properties that together deliver the enhanced performance required by innovative automotive and thin wall food packaging applications.

“The decision to build a further gas phase reactor for Schwechat was based mainly on the growing demand we were experiencing from key segments of the PP market“, comments Lorenzo Delorenzi, Executive Vice President Polyolefins. “As a result of this investment we have improved our ability to customise product performance and add the extra value our customers require for their finished products.”

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