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SABIC partners with Mauser to develop HDPE grade for containers

Saudi Arabia-based petrochemical company SABIC has joined forces with Mauser to develop a new high density polyethylene (HDPE) grade to address the demands required for large containers used in healthcare applications.

The new HDPE PCG4906 specifications may be applicable for products including jerry cans, open-head and tight-head drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), as well as for blow molded bottles.

According to SABIC, the new grade meets the relevant European and American pharmacopeia requirements and has the physical and mechanical properties required by customers for the production of containers with volumes up to 1000l.

SABIC HDPE PCG4906 has a melt flow rate of 6 g/10 min, a notched Izod impact strength of 17 kJ/m2 at -30°C, and an ESCR of 30 MPa.

SABIC region Europe business development manager Healthcare Hery Randrianantoandro said the company is expanding its portfolio of healthcare thermoplastics to cover all types of packaging used in the sector, with the new grade.

"Mauser was very receptive to the idea of collaborating on the project, they share our vision for developing the blown container market."

The rigid part of the drum’s sealing cap is made of the new SABIC HDPE PCG4906 and the sealing ring is produced with SABIC LDPE PCG02, which offers flexibility during seal assembling in combination with purity.