Polyolefin supplier Basell has launched Stretchene, a new high performance polypropylene family for use in customer injection stretch blow molding applications (ISBM). The new range of developmental polypropylene resins features products designed to outperform standard polypropylene in terms of rigidity, transparency, impact strength and production output. Stretchene resins’ properties and performance attributes address typical customer requirements for a range of ISBM applications used in food and household chemical packaging as well as hot-fill applications—historically the domain of traditional materials such as PET or glass. Two new grades in the range include Stretchene RP1685 and Stretchene RP1903.
With its launch of Stretchene resins, Basell is expanding the performance envelope and end use applications of polypropylene. According to Mike Rogers, Basell’s innovation manager responsible for the product launch, “This is just the first step in taking polypropylene to new ground. Stretchene resins for customer ISBM processes make polypropylene one of the most cost effective options for producing bottles and containers for food contact.”