Anticipating rapid infrastructural development in the Central and Eastern Europe, Borealis recently announced the start-up of additional capacity for black high density polyethylene (HDPE) for drinking water and gas pipes at its Schwechat facility in Austria. The additional volume puts Borealis in the unique position of ensuring short delivery times and reliability of supply of the latest, high quality pipe materials for manufacturers in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. The extra unit will allow Borealis to source black HDPE pipe compounds from three of its manufacturing locations - Schwechat (Austria), Stenungsund (Sweden) and Porvoo (Finland).
In the CEE region characterized by upto 40% leak rates due to ageing pipe systems, the company says PE pipes will be ideally suited for the region's water and gas distribution networks owing to their ability to prevent leaks and reduce wastage of resources. Available in PE80 and PE100 grades, BorSafe bimodal black HDPE compounds are known to deliver consistent, long-term performance to drinking water and gas pipes, exceeding the requirements of the relevant European standards, EN12201 and EN1555. The overall high quality of the pipe material derives from Borealis' proprietary Borstar® technology, a multi-modal process that allows tailoring of the pipe grade to achieve specific performance and processing benefits, such as high strength, low-sagging performance for production of thick wall pipes and high output potential.