LyondellBasell has commercially launched in North America, a new line of metallocene linear low density polyethylene (mLLDPE) resins which came on line earlier this year. LyondellBasell demonstrates its commitment to provide products that drive superior performance while delivering value to its customers. Starflex, the latest in this family of flexible film solutions, delivers an outstanding combination of performance characteristics and economic benefits.
Metallocene resins are well recognized for their excellent dart impact and puncture resistance, superior organoleptics, brilliant clarity and outstanding hot tack and heat seal benefits. It is these characteristics that make Starflex resins ideally suited for high-performance film applications such as food and medical packaging, shrink wrap and heavy duty shipping sacks, among others. The improved physical properties in Starflex resins help to downgauge their flexible packages, resulting in material savings and improved sustainability. The lighter weight end products, lower inventory requirements and decrease in wasted resources all present potential cost savings. The new resins offer customers the flexibility to produce some of the highest quality films with good taste and odor properties and consistent package seals. In addition, the improved optics of metallocene resins allow converters to design films that provide better transparency without sacrificing properties such as film toughness and strength. Starflex resins expand the company's broad range of materials sold to converters for use in a variety of flexible film applications. The multiple grades of this resin allow manufacturers to tailor their final product to meet specific customer and market needs.