LyondellBasell's high density polyethylene (HDPE) grades address numerous end-use requirements that at one time were only achievable by using metal, glass and fiber.
Benefits and Applications
HDPE is used in numerous customer applications:
- Grocery merchandise and trash bags
- Containers for frozen food and dairy products
- Caps and closures
- Liners for cereal, crackers and other food packaging
- Plastic fuel tanks
- Drink cups, dairy crates and bread trays
- Toys and pails for items from paint to fresh produce
HDPE is also used to produce safety equipment, including hard hats; home insulation; bottles for milk, juice, household/industrial chemicals and motor oil; large (rotomolded) tanks for storage of agricultural and lawn care chemicals; and pressure pipe and sheet applications.
- Density > 0.940 g/cm³
- High stiffness
- High crystallinity
- High impact strength even at low temperatures
- Good tensile strength
- Lowest permeability of all polyethylene
- Chemical and grease resistance
- Corrosion resistance
- Abrasion resistance
- Lightweight and shatter-resistant
Customers looking for safety and technical data for HDPE grades manufactured outside of North America
can find this information on our polymers site, where you may register as a new customer or login to access MSDS documents.
Safety and technical information for Equistar's HDPE grades manufactured in North America
can be found by clicking the Technical Information link within the left navigation menu on this page.