LyondellBasell Launches New LDPE with Improved Stiffness for Enhanced High Visual Impact Film

March 18, 2010

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., March 18, 2010 – LyondellBasell today announced the North American commercial launch of a new low density polyethylene (LDPE) resin at the Applied Market Information’s Polyethylene 2010 Conference in Daytona, Fla.  Petrothene L3035 LDPE is used in a wide range of blown film applications. Compared to competitive LDPE grades, it features higher stiffness, shrink energy and puncture strength, while still delivering excellent optics and processability. These properties make Petrothene L3035 the resin of choice for high visual impact film applications such as collation shrink film, overwraps and food and medical packaging, among others.

“Through our state-of-the-art technology centers, LyondellBasell is dedicated to developing innovative products for our customers such as Petrothene L3035 that provide enhanced properties for superior performance,” said Jim Clark, business manager of polyethylene flexible applications for LyondellBasell in the Americas.

Less packaging

Customers can utilize the performance features of Petrothene L3035 to downgauge their flexible packages, resulting in material savings. “The puncture strength, high stiffness and shrink energy are of particular benefit to collation shrink film, contributing to a tighter, more robust package which enables the elimination of trays,” explained Steve Imfeld, LyondellBasell’s new business development manager for polyethylene flexible applications in the Americas. The reduced material requirements offer potential cost savings that can benefit both converters and end-users.

Enhanced collation shrink film

The new resin offers customers the flexibility to produce very high quality film. For collation shrink film, the tighter package helps maintain package integrity during transportation, while the enhanced visual appearance presents a more appealing consumer product on the store shelf.

Variety of applications

Petrothene L3035 expands the company’s broad range of high-performance materials sold to converters for use in a variety of flexible film applications. The resin is now available on a commercial scale and is produced in LyondellBasell’s Lupotech T process plant in Morris, Illinois.

To learn more about this product, please visit our tabletop display or attend session #6 at the 2010 TAPPI PLACE Conference scheduled for April 19 in Albuquerque, N.M. 

# # # 

LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including biofuels. Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. LyondellBasell ( is privately owned by ProChemie GmbH, a joint venture of Access Industries and ProChemie Holdings Ltd.

For additional product information
Steve Imfeld
New Business Development Manager, Polyethylene, Americas
11530 Northlake Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249
+1 513 530 4113

For information, contact:
Media – Kristin McNeill, +713-309-7639 or