Brussels' Incoplas launches range of symmetrical and asymmetrical bottles based on Total's ISBM HDPE technology; containers 25% lighter than traditional HDPE EBM bottles

BRUSSELS , May 4, 2012 (press release) – Based on Total’s dedicated HDPE ISBM resin SB 1359, combining excellent processability with outstanding mechanical properties, Incoplas confirms its leadership in servicing the bottle industry with competitive HDPE solutions.

Bottle manufacturer Incoplas launches a revolutionary range of light- weighted bottles, based on ISBM HDPE technology. This innovative bottle range combines both symmetrical and asymmetrical bottles, in different sizes up to 5L, with strongly reduced bottle weight in comparison to traditional HDPE EBM (Extrusion Blow Moulded) solutions, without compromising the mechanical performance. Combining Total’s ground-breaking HDPE ISBM solution SB 1359, with Incoplas’ high-level processing experience, has made this development possible.

According to Elke Berges, Marketing Manager Rigid Packaging, “the development of an HDPE resin SB 1359, dedicated to ISBM technology, has lead to a real revolution for Polyethylene, as it offers an easy and stable processing on one-phase and two-phase ISBM machines, allowing converters to reach a new and wide range of applications and features. Total’s polymers division HDPE grade SB 1359 combines smooth injection moulding into preforms with excellent surface aspect and outstanding melt strength for the stretching/blowing phase.”

With the commercialization of its new product range based on Total’s SB 1359, Incoplas confirms excellent thickness distribution and increased rigidity, allowing further downgauging. Compared to traditional HDPE bottles (produced by EBM), bottle weight is further reduced by over 25%, while still fulfilling the same mechanical requirements.

Thanks to Incoplas’ superior processing knowledge, both symmetrical and asymmetrical HDPE bottles with different sizes up to 5L, can be processed with ISBM technology and outperform traditional EBM solutions in terms of rigidity, downgauging, mechanical properties and production output.

Didier Desmedt, Sales Manager at Incoplas, confirms: “Bottle applications such as Personal Care, Household Chemicals, will be able to take full advantage of the benefits that the new ISBM bottle series has to offer, such as excellent aesthetics, outstanding chemical resistance, good impact resistance. In addition, the strongly reduced bottle weight will help brand owners to address their needs for sustainable solutions, which is a key consumer trend. The newly developed bottle series made with Total’s HDPE SB 1359 will naturally flow into the existing well-established HDPE bottle recycling systems.”

About Refining & Chemicals Division of Total

The Refining & Chemicals Division of Total, one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, encompasses the refining and petrochemicals activities, and also the specialty chemicals, with more than 50,000 employees worldwide. The Refining & Chemicals Division is not only the first refiner and the first petrochemicals producer in Europe but includes 13 refineries, 21 petrochemicals production sites and more than 150 locations in specialty chemicals and fertilizers worldwide. The Refining & Chemicals Division produces and commercializes a wide range of product from petroleum products to commodity polymers including base chemicals intermediates. Those products are used in many consumer and industrial markets. www.total.com

About Incoplas

Incoplas is a specialist in the manufacture of rigid plastic packaging (bottles, canisters and technical parts) by using the latest blow moulding technology and in-house developed equipment. Over the years, Incoplas has established itself as an important actor with respect to the packaging of large consumption products, with a strong presence in the personal care, household and lubricant sector. From developing the bottle concept, the design and the mould over efficient and consistent manufacturing, labeling and printing, Incoplas has the competence and experience to assist you throughout the packaging process. Incoplas provides and maintains the highest quality standards for all its products, ranging from small bottles for pharmaceutical and personal care products, over mass consumer bottles with and without handles, up to UN certified packaging for chemicals and hazardous liquids. Please visit www.incoplas.com for more information about Incoplas and his solutions.

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