Polyethylene (PE) Technologies

LyondellBasell provides an unmatched range of PE process technologies, unique amongst PE licensors.

LyondellBasell is the only polyethylene licensor offering the complete range of technologies for the production of Low Density PE (LDPE), High Density PE (HDPE), Linear Low Density PE (LLDPE), and Medium Density PE (MDPE). Our rich heritage as a pioneer and innovator in high pressure and low pressure technology platforms gives a   unique breadth and depth of licensing technology expertise, with recent technology innovations focused on scale up, process efficiency and product slate expansion.

High-pressure tubular and autoclave technology, under Lupotech trademark, is today's market leader with more than 100 licenses sold worldwide. Lupotech T provides highly reliable world scale capacities (>450kt) with low operating and investment costs. Lupotech A provides specialty products using our new process technology platform developed through synergies with Lupotech T.

Low-pressure technologies, under the Hostalen and Spherilene trademarks, provide dedicated solutions for different polyethylene markets.  The Hostalen ACP process produces molecular designed HDPE products with enhanced properties for high performance PE. Spherilene, based on a single gas-phase reactor provides licensees with a cost effective, reliable and robust platform for a full range of PE products.

Lupotech Processes - LDPE and EVA

Lupotech is the market leader on high-pressure technology. Lupotech T, with its high conversion rates and effective heat recovery system, offers the lowest operating and investment costs. Lupotech A combines the strengths of Lupotech T with an autoclave vessel to provide EVA – copolymers with up to 40% VA content and specific LDPE grades for premium market applications.


Hostalen Process - High Performance HDPE

Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high-performance, multimodal HDPE resins with an industry-leading stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and processing advantages used in film, blow molding and pipe applications.


Spherilene Process - HDPE, MDPE and LLDPE 

The Spherilene technology from LyondellBasell is a single gas-phase reactor process for the production of a wide range of polyethylene products, from linear low density (LLDPE) to medium density (MDPE) and unimodal high density (HDPE) polyethylene. The flexibility of this technology combined with its low investment cost allows licensees to effectively manage the continuously dynamic PE markets.


Lupotech, Hostalen, and Spherilene are trademarks owned or used by LyondellBasell group companies.

We offer research, development and quality improvement of technology pertaining to new chemical processes in connection with production of polyolefins.