LyondellBasell Industries has become the first polyolefins supplier to receive the ISO PP 125 classification for polypropylene resins used in water pipe applications. According to ISO 12162, pipe produced using the resins have successfully resisted internal pressure with water at 200C for 50 years. This new breakthrough in pipe resin capabilities is made possible using the company's Avant catalysts and latest-generation Spherizone polypropylene technology, and is expected to expand in entirely new categories of products. Avant catalysts are known to produce pipe resins that improve mileage and plant operability, while resulting in less residue.
According to Pierre Herben, LyondellBasell's Vice President for Product and Application Development, "As the population facing water stress is expected to grow exponentially, innovative pipe resins will be essential for efficient global water supply. The company's portfolio of resins used in water pipe applications includes Hostalen, Lupolen, Alathon and polybutene-1 specialty materials.