ExxonMobil has announced that it plans to introduce two new performance polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-quality flexible packaging, and recyclable* full PE laminated packaging solutions, at Chinaplas 2019.  

“Advancing polyethylene technology is an important part of our commitment to helping customers grow their businesses,” said David Hergenrether, ExxonMobil Chemical vice president, polyethylene. “By working together, we can help customers create differentiated packaging solutions that offer enhanced performance and processing, while helping them to meet their sustainability goals.”

New Exceed™ 2012MA performance PE polymer delivers outstanding sealing and extrusion performance for high-integrity flexible packaging films. It can enable reduced energy use, lower per unit packaging costs, and less packaging material and food waste. The following film applications, which contain Exceed 2012MA, are on display during Chinaplas: 

▪ Lamination packaging with Huashan Plastics Machinery Co., Ltd. (Booth 8.1F31 – machine run)  

▪ Cast stretch packaging with Xinle Huabao Plastic Machinery Co., Ltd. (Booth 2.1J21 – machine run)

▪ Barrier packaging with Jinming Machinery (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. (Offsite Open House - May 24 PM; Booth 8.1A21 – film samples)

▪ Full PE laminated stand-up pouches with Hosokawa Alpine AG (Booth 5.1A29 - film samples) and Dalian Totani Corp. (Booth 13.1A21 – film samples)

For high-quality coating layers used in laminates, new Exceed™ 0015XC performance PE polymer delivers excellent sealing performance, a broad hot-tack window and good processing. This new polymer offers easy extrusion onto substrates such as board and paper, aluminum foil, flexible films and PE-based woven fabrics.  It is ideal for drink cartons, paper cups, lamitubes, flexible packaging, tarpaulins and raffia coating and also provides opportunities for downgauging.  

ExxonMobil is also introducing new full PE laminated packaging solutions, containing Exceed™ XP – when eXtreme Performance matters, Exceed™ and Enable™ performance PE polymers. These solutions help overcome the recycling issues typically associated with conventional laminated structures. Often comprising a mix of PET, PA, EVOH or OPP, laminated packaging structures can be challenging to recycle, due to difficulties separating the materials. The new full PE laminated solutions can be recycled with PE film where programs to collect plastic films exists, while delivering the toughness, optical properties and stiffness needed for high-quality packaging, plus material selection is simplified.