Total says it has reached a new milestone in its innovation path for polypropylene (PP), and is now able to offer a complete range of polymers using non-phthalate catalysts.
The company’s approach covers all conversion technologies and has led to the development of dozens of grades of homopolymers, random copolymers, and—most challenging of all—impact copolymers. Grades have been developed to meet existing specifications.
Working in close cooperation with industry partners, Total says it has identified numerous segments that could benefit from an extension of its offering of non-phthalate catalyzed PP, mainly in packaging, flexible and rigid, healthcare and personal care applications, including the medical market. This is why several years ago an ambitious development program was launched to provide a full range of PP produced with such catalysts.
“We have upgraded our offering for our partners in packaging, health and personal care markets, and beyond,” explained Jean-François Renglet, Vice President Polymers Europe. “This is a perfect example of our full commitment to create the best solutions for our customers. It is the culmination of an evolution in our PP portfolio that started several years ago.”
Total now markets non-phthalate catalyzed PP solutions to produce trays, boxes, pails, caps, bottles amongst others. Film converters using BOPP, cast and blown technologies, for instance, are reportedly prescribing the new grades from Total for a wide range of food packaging applications.