Total: New HDPE grade for thermoforming
US-based company Total Petrochemicals and Refining has introduced the high density polyethylene (HDPE) grade 9825E. According to the group, this grade is well suited for shallow draw thermoformed packaging applications in the foodservice and food packaging industries that require high rigidity and toughness.
The 9825E HDPE reportedly delivers the stiffness needed in SET (sheet extrusion thermoforming) applications. The increase in stiffness gives one the opportunity to lightweight, yet still maintain the performance compared to other HDPE grades used in SET applications, or to make a product of equivalent weight, but with improved performance. Other positive attributes that 9825E offers are impact strength, chemical resistance and low water vapor transmission rate.
The HDPE is also said to offer increased gloss for improved aesthetics. Additionally, it reportedly satisfies the growing demand for materials that are widely accepted in recycling programs. Applications well suited for the use of 9825E include drinking cups, bowls, portion cups and yogurt containers.