LyondellBasell Introduces Two Hostalen Polyethylene Resins to Enhance Pipe Performance

October 16, 2013

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, October 16, 2013 – LyondellBasell today introduced two new additions to its extensive portfolio of high density polyethylene (HDPE) resins for pipe applications.  Hostalen CRP 100 RT black and Hostalen CRP 100 RD black are designed to address more demanding environmental requirements and to support innovative customer requirements including the need for higher temperature-resistant materials and greater resistance to disinfectants.

“Durability and increased resistance to environmental factors are a must for pipe applications with long service-life requirements,” said Detlef Schramm, polyethylene pipe and sheet marketing manager for LyondellBasell.  “Since the production of the first Hostalen HDPE pipe grades in 1955, this family of products has been continually expanded to address more demanding requirements and to support innovative customer solutions.”

Extended temperature window

Hostalen CRP 100 RT black resin expands the application temperature far beyond the typical maximum limitation of 40°C.  Derived from PE-RT Type II material, the new Hostalen CRP 100 RT black resin, combines temperature resistance up to 80°C and UV protection by a carbon black package in a homogenous distribution according to PE100 standards.  The Hostalen CRP 100 RT resin is used by customers in industrial applications including hot fluid transport, hot water pipes, desalination units and power cable conduits.

Increased resistance to disinfectants

Responding to customer needs, LyondellBasell developed Hostalen CRP 100 RD black, a PE100 grade with improved resistance to disinfectants, such as chlorine for drinking water distribution systems.  Hostalen CRP 100 RD black resin offers a key component to pipe networks where elevated temperature and stringent disinfectant systems represent additional challenges to potable water distribution.

The LyondellBasell pressure pipe resin portfolio is based on Hostalen CRP 100 black, a benchmark in the market, with balanced properties for typical PE100 applications. Modified PE100 grades are also offered with specific focus on extreme requirements including slow crack growth resistance used in alternative pipe laying techniques, such as Hostalen CRP 100 RC, or greater performance in the production of large bore pipes with substantial wall thickness, such as Hostalen CRP 100 XL. The new HDPE grades are produced using the company’s Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) technology.


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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500 Index.  LyondellBasell ( manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. 

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