LyondellBasell supports sustained need for face masks by launching the first European MFR 1500 grade

November 24, 2020

Rotterdam November 24, 2020 – LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies announced today the introduction of the new Moplen HP560Z, a Melt Flow Rate (MFR) 1500 grade for melt-blown non-woven applications. The Company is the first to offer this type of high-fluidity polypropylene grade in Europe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our societies around the world. The continued availability of medical and safety equipment, especially face masks, is still primordial to safeguard and protect communities. While the majority of MFR 1500 grades for melt-blown non-woven applications have so far mainly been produced in Asian countries, European demand has seen an increase with the growing number of regional production entities for protective equipment. A swift regional solution for a high-end medical grade was therefore needed.

In order to support this sustained high need for face masks and their local production in Europe, LyondellBasell has commercialized a new innovative polypropylene MFR 1500 grade, Moplen HP560Z. The very high fluidity of this grade allows the creation of face masks with the best filtration level providing the highest protection efficiency possible.

An additional advantage of the Moplen HP560Z grade is that it has been tailored specifically for the newest small-scale melt-blown non-woven machines, which are now widely used for face mask production in Europe.

“LyondellBasell is known for finding solutions to challenges it faces, and the rapid development of Moplen HP560Z is evidence of our ability to meet our customer’s needs in the European market,” says Jochem Meijknecht, Marketing Manager at LyondellBasell. “It is exciting to be the first company to offer a MFR 1500 grade made in Europe.”

Moplen HP560Z is produced by LyondellBasell plants in Spain.

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Moplen is a trademark owned by LyondellBasell family of companies and registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.