Markets

Overview

  • INEOS is Europe’s third largest Polyolefins producer, manufacturing approximately 3 million tons per annum.

    This large polymers business serves the following five industry sectors that cover many everyday applications:

    • Construction & Durables
    • Liquid Food Packaging & Medical
    • Films
    • Advanced Packaging
    • Export, Distribution & Trading

    Taken overall, INEOS O&P Europe has proven technologies producing a wide range of key industrial products; a proven track record of best-in-class safety, health and environment performance (SHE), plus a market-leading reliability, quality and cost leadership.

    Technology centres in Europe and the US, supported by experienced sales, technical service and customer service teams mean that INEOS O&P's geographic reach is truly global and is driven by a sharp focus on its customers’ requirements.

    In addition, the NOH Technology Center may also provide services and solutions for analysis, processing and testing requests to any external partner wishing it: see our Flyer.

Construction and Durables

  • Summary

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s Construction & Durables sector gathers all the long lasting applications with high technology content, and provides a complete range of resins suited for each of the applications below.

  • Pipes

    Nowadays in Europe, drinking water and gas networks are mainly made of polyethylene. Main types of polyethylene used are the so-called PE80 and PE100 grades classified according to EN and ISO standards for transport of drinking water and gas under pressure.

    More recently, new challenges are appearing in this market. New installation techniques are used, and engineering, as well as gas and water companies, are increasing their requirements. INEOS O&P Europe eases the market pressure on their customers by proposing new materials with outstanding properties such as low sagging during extrusion or stress cracking resistance to meet these new needs.

    Product Brochures:

    HDPE Pipes 

    Eltex Superstress

    Eltex TUB PP

    Historical developments of PE pipe materials

    A new family of materials was developed in the UK and Europe in the late 1960s. Its development came in response to the gas distribution industry's requirement for improved resistance to slow crack growth, and flexibility to facilitate installation compared with some of the HDPE materials. These compounds using a base polymer of density between that of LDPE and HDPE are termed MDPE. Their introduction also heralded the use of colour pigments to aid identification of the pipeline, at the request of utility providers, such as British Gas, which required yellow pigmented products. In the early 1980s the blue pigmented MDPE material for potable water systems was developed for the UK water industry by BP Chemicals. Compared to traditional HDPEs available at that time, the MDPEs were considerably more tolerant of site abuse, allowing the development of a range of "No Dig" techniques to allow rapid installation of long lengths of pipes, and for insertion of PE liners for renovation of corroded iron and steel pipelines. The outstanding reliability of this type of material has contributed to the success and growth of the use of polyethylene for distribution systems for both the gas and water utilities.

    In the 20 years following the early 1970s, a true revolution occurred in the use of plastics pipelines systems by the utilities - created by the properties of polyethylene pipe products that had become available. PE became the material of choice for low pressure gas and water service pipelines. However, for gas and some larger diameter water applications, the allowable operating pressure was limited by the need to eliminate any risk of rapid crack propagation (RCP), a design philosophy proven in practice.

    In the early 1990s, a new type of HDPE material was introduced in Europe, having a higher hoop strength but also with a much higher tolerance to RCP, whilst maintaining the excellent resistance to slow crack growth offered by the MDPE materials. Effectively, these materials are termed "3rd generation HDPE", and sometimes referred to as bimodal as a result of the two-stage polymerisation process used to produce them. Not only have these materials removed the risk of RCP, allowing gas applications up to 10 bar and water up to 16 bar in SDR 11 pipe, but they have made PE more competitive against other materials by allowing wall thinning for lower pressure rated pipe. 

    At the same time, a material classification system for plastics pipes was developed in ISO standardization committees, resulting in the publication of ISO 12162 in 1996, Ref.1. This allowed the PE 80 and PE 100 classifications, based on long term hydrostatic strength, to become established, replacing references to density that had become confusing. The 2nd generation HDPE and MDPE materials fall into the PE 80 class and the bimodal 3rd generation HDPEs are generally PE 100. The original early "First generation" LDPE products are PE 32 (later ones PE 40) and "First generation" HDPE are PE 63. The introduction of PE 100 was a major step forward, and going beyond PE 100 with similar practical processing, welding and pipe installation properties seems less likely. However PE 100 materials continue to improve as the market now has new requirements. PE 100 with specific properties such as low sagging properties allow very large diameter and heavy wall pipe production. Also, resins with impressive resistance to stress crack propagation, called “Superstress” resins, have been developed for use in sandless bedding applications or relining. 

    The table below summarises these developments: 

    DateTypeClassificationApplicationToday?
    1950 1st Gen -LDPE PE 32/40 Service/ irrigation Irrigation only
    1950s 1st Gen -LDPE PE 53/63 Large dia. water Ducting/ Non pressure
    1969 2nd Gen -MDPE PE80 Gas and water Losing market share to PE100
    1976 2nd Gen -MDPE PE80 Gas and water Behind withdrawn
    1989 3rd Gen -HDPE PE100 All All
    2004 4th Gen -HDPE PE100 Superstress Sandless bedding External layer inmultilayer pipe
  • Pipes - Choice of materials

    Polyethylene is a whole family of materials, often categorized in terms of density. The application of PE in the pipe industry has resulted in a variety of materials being used which are low, medium, high density or even linear low density, abbreviated as LDPE, MDPE, HDPE, and LLDPE.

    A performance based classification and designation system was introduced in the mid 1990s for pipe, resulting in the publication of ISO 12162 (See Material Classification). A material is given a designation number based on the predicted long-term hydrostatic strength at 50 years and 20 °C, eg PE 80 or PE 100.

    For pressure applications, the choice is usually between a PE 80 or PE 100 compound. PE 40 and lower class LDPE materials have diminished in use for pressure pipe but are used for small diameter irrigation applications. The first generation HDPE materials would fall into the PE 50 or PE 63 class, but would only be used for non pressure or ducting applications nowadays. These have been long superseded by superior performance second generation PE 80 and third generation PE 100 materials.

    There is a choice of PE 80 compounds which can create some confusion. There are unimodal HDPE and MDPE materials meeting the PE 80 classification. However, generally such HDPE material types can barely meet the requirements of current PE pipe product specifications, and are being phased out by most suppliers.

    The unimodal MDPE PE 80 materials offer excellent performance, but might be considered second choice to PE 100 nowadays and limited to service pipe. Some gas companies prefer to continue using these materials for their low pressure systems for historical reasons and because of the pipe's installation flexibility. Following development of the bimodal PE 100 materials, not surprisingly most suppliers have used the same process to produce bimodal PE 80 materials. Although these offer notably improved RCP resistance over unimodal PE 80 materials, such materials have not really found their place in the market. PE 100 materials are the economic choice for large diameter pipes and the performance of unimodal MDPE PE 80 materials is adequate for smaller diameter service pipes.

    Clearly, PE 100 has the advantage of a higher design stress allowing operation at higher pressures or even wall thinning, and the products have greater fracture resistance for large diameter pipe. PE 80 MDPE has more flexibility for ease of installation but this is not a significant advantage. PE 100 materials are suitable for all applications, even including service pipes provided the extra stiffness is taken into account when handling coils during installation.

  • PE-X Crosslinked Polyethylene

    The hot and cold water market is turning increasingly to plastics solutions. Crosslinked polyethylene materials have been in use for around 30 years primarily in wire and cable application and for hot and cold water pipes in competition with copper. These materials are increasingly frequently used and tend to replace traditional materials such as copper or galvanized steel for plumbing, radiator connection or other applications to transport hot and cold water inside buildings.

    There are three main types of crosslinked Polyethylene (PE-X) : PE-Xa - peroxide, PE-Xb - silane, and PE-Xc radiation crosslinked. The most commonly used process is the PE-Xb silane process with pipe crosslinked after extrusion by exposure to moisture. The pipe is crosslinked by immersion in hot water, normally in the factory, but it can be left to crosslink naturally even during initial service. These three types of PE-X are equivalent in term of properties and follow all the same classifications in the ISO 10508 standard.

    INEOS O&P Europe is hot on the spot by proposing the best in class resin for silane (PEX b) technologies, both one step and Sioplas.

  • Car Fuel Tank (CFT)

    The automotive market is global, highly competitive and rapidly changing. At INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe we are aware of the pressures this brings, and, as a result, we are working in partnership with OEMs to further reduce costs and improve environmental performance.

    HDPE has become the material of choice for Automotive Car Fuel Tanks in Europe and the Americas, and is replacing steel at an increasing rate elsewhere around the world.

    The overriding advantage of HDPE car fuel tanks is safety, including:

    • Lighter weight
    • Lower cost
    • Absence of corrosion
    • Design freedom
    • Easy integration of other components
    • 100% recyclability

    Do not hesitate to approach our technical team for advice through your local contact.

    GRADEMFR
    (g/10 min)
    TECH
    DATA
    SHEET
    SSSSDS &
    REGULATORY CERTIFICATES
    TYPICAL APPLICATIONSCONTACT
    K46-06-1854.2
    (190°C/21.6 kg)
    TDSSSSSDSAll types of automotive fuel tanksCONTACT  >
    LRB7111.5
    (190°C/21.6 kg)
    TDS(N/A)SDSFiller pipes and other parts requiring conductive propertiesCONTACT  >
  • Rotomoulding

    The rotomoulding processing technique is quite versatile, cost efficient and suitable for small to medium size production series. The rotomoulded part volume can vary between 0.1 to 50000 litres. INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe takes the advantages of more than 40 years of market experience and technical know-how in the rotomoulding industry with a supply of high performance grades.

    To best serve the specific needs of INEOS rotomoulding customers (powders, coloured compounds, partial loads, etc), INEOS O&P Europe partners with organisations which specialise in this business area, which recognises the value of our hexene based rotomoulding grades and will market them accordingly.

    GRADEMFR
    (g/10 min)
    TECH
    DATA
    SHEET
    SSSSDS &
    REGULATORY CERTIFICATES
    TYPICAL APPLICATIONSCONTACT
    HD3850UA4.5
    (190°C/2.16 kg)
    TDSSSSSDSRotomoulding application; Water tanks, Chemical tanks, Agricultural, Play ground, Recycling banksCONTACT  >
    HD3930UA3.0
    (190°C/2.16 kg)
    TDSSSSSDSRotomoulding application; various tank applicationsCONTACT  >
    HD4330UA3.0
    (190°C/2.16 kg)
    TDSSSSSDSRotomoulding applications : Fuel tanks, Kayak, Manhole inspection draining tank, Underground partsCONTACT  >
    LL2635UA3.3
    (190°C/2.16 kg)
    TDSSSSSDSRotomoulding application; various applications with high flexibility, very high impact strengthCONTACT  >
  • Wire and Cable

    For the wire and cable market, INEOS O&P Europe offers polyethylene base resin solutions and selected compounds for the worldwide production of telecom and power cables.

    Polyethylene is one of the most widely used polymers for cable insulation and jacketing; possessing characteristics including low dielectric loss, high dielectric strength, chemical inertness, low moisture up-take and ease of extrusion. Its excellent properties make it ideally suited to many telecom and power applications. Wire and cable insulation and jacketing is produced by extruding polyethylene through a cross-head and delivering the molten polymer onto the bare conductor (insulation) or the assembled insulated wires (jacketing).

    Product Brochures:

    PE and Wire & Cable

Liquid Food Packaging and Medical

  • Summary

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s Liquid Food Packaging & Medical Sector offers a wide range of polyolefins – HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE & PP – for the packaging of food, focused on liquid food packaging including bottles, liquid carton packaging, and caps and closures.

    With well-defined strategies and a background of continuous development in polymer technologies, INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe follows the latest trends in the food packaging market:

    • Environmental focus providing options for down gauging and light weighting while keeping excellent mechanical performance
    • Economical focus providing grades with highest productivity
    • Health and safety focus, giving utmost importance to food safety by providing grades with highest purity and organolepticity
    • Combining environmental practices with packaging attractiveness and convenience

    The key Liquid Food Packaging & Medical applications for which INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has widely recognised market knowledge and an extended product offering include:

    • Fresh and long-life milk
    • Food bottles
    • Extrusion coating for liquid carton packages and snack food film
    • Caps and closures
    • Medical and pharmaceutical applications

    A dedicated sales, technical and marketing team is focused on these market segments and has established strong relationships with customers, machine manufacturers, brand-owners and end-users. We are committed to serving current and future product needs in liquid food packaging along the value chain and globally.

  • Caps and Closures

    Polyolefins - HDPE, PP & LDPE – have become the material of choice for caps and closures, replacing traditional materials such as metal and cork.

    The main advantages of plastics caps and closures include:

    • Unlimited design opportunities
    • Excellent sealability
    • Convenience
    • Tamper Evidence Band
    • Outstanding organoleptic properties
    • Possibilities of down gauging

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe is the market leader in polyolefins for beverage caps. We specialise in applications requiring pure grades that preserve the Organoleptic properties of a beverage. INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s Eltex® brand meets the demands of such pure grade applications, along with a full range of HDPE, PP and LDPE grades for caps and closures with performance in applications including chemicals, personal care, pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages.

    Eltex® Superstress, INEOS O&P Europe’s HDPE grade for beverage caps, combines excellent processing, high standard organoleptics and exceptional stress crack resistance specifically to satisfy demanding cap applications with significant down–gauging potential.

    Organolepticity is no longer reserved for HDPE cap grades. INEOS Polyolefins has developed a transparent PP random copolymer with excellent organoleptic properties for caps and closures in direct contact with still beverages: Eltex® P CAP912. Thanks to its high transparency, surface aspect quality and high hinge resistance with a good balance between impact, stiffness and processing, this new grade will open the door to new innovative cap designs.

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe is committed to close and continuous collaboration with customers, converters and brand-owners. With its proven technical and marketing expertise, INEOS O&P Europe offers solutions to the caps and closures beverage market.

    Product Brochure:

    Caps & Closures

    ELTEX® Superstress™ CAP311

    PP Random Copolymer (240-HP25)

    View our Organoleptic Caps & Closures
    Product Range:

    View our non Organoleptic Caps & Closures
    Product Range:

  • Milk bottle

    HDPE is INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s selected material for fresh and long-life milk bottle packaging.

    The main advantages of HDPE bottles include:

    • Lightweight
    • Design flexibility
    • Easy process
    • Low cost

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe offers a full range of HDPE grades perfectly adapted to each type of milk:

    • Natural grades for fresh milk and sterilised flavoured milk, less sensitive to light
    • White grades ready-to-use for 3-layer and 6-layer bottle production offering a perfect light barrier and perfect light and oxygen barriers respectively

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s product range covers each type of milk, including:

    • Fresh
    • Sterilised
    • UHT

    And each type of blow-moulding machine, including:

    • Low
    • High output
    • Wheel
    • Shuttle concept

    INEOS O&P Europe has led the HDPE market for the past 40 years in fresh and sterilized milk packaging, and UHT packaging in coextruded bottles for the past 20 years. INEOS O&P Europe is committed to close and continuous collaboration with customers, blowmoulding machine manufacturers and brand-owners. INEOS O&P Europe, with extensive research & development facilities in Brussels (Belgium), is actively engaged in new development projects.

    Product Brochure:

    Milk Bottle

  • Extrusion Coating

    Extrusion Coating is a technique that permits the extrusion of a thin polymer layer onto a substrate to facilitate the production of multi-layer packaging, including:

    • Cardboard
    • Paper
    • Aluminium foil
    • Film

    Extrusion coating is used in several industry applications, including:

    • Liquid carton packaging
    • Photographic paper
    • Flexible & commercial packaging

    INEOS O&P Europe offers a full range of polymer grades starting from LDPE, the most widely used thermoplastic for extrusion coating. Our continuous product improvement allows us to offer you a product range that meets all your requirements including excellent processing behaviour, outstanding adhesion, heat sealing and optical properties.

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has launched the new Eltex® PF metallocene product range, dedicated to film end uses. The Eltex® PF metallocene product range will be added to the well-established existing LLDPE product mix. 

    INEOS O&P Europe is committed to a close and continuous collaboration with customers, machine manufacturers and brand-owners, to steadily improve the performance of our resins. 

    INEOS O&P Europe has a dedicated team of technical experts and a world-class laboratory extrusion coating line. These resources support our customers and maximise the performance of their machine and technology with our grades. Do not hesitate to approach our technical team for advice through your local contact.

    Product Brochures:

    Extrusion Coating

    Coextrusion Coating Line

  • Eltex® MED

    The INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s product slate includes PP (HPP, and RCP), HDPE and LLDPE for use in pharmaceutical and medical applications. Today, we offer our customers an extended range of polyolefins for use in multiple conversion techniques. Those grades allow a wide variety of design and functionality.

    Advantages offered by the Eltex® MED range to the market include:

    • Dedicated materials
    • Grades guaranteed with long term availability
    • Compliance with the European and U.S. pharmacopoeia
    • All products have been tested according to EUP & USP Class VI 

    These products are fully supported by a wide range of documents and certificates.

    Support

    Without exception, all medical applications must be approved by the INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s Liquid Food Packaging & Medical sector.

    The following documents will be available, but please note not all documentation is available for all grades.

    Some documentation is available on existing standard resins: please contact us for your requirements. 

    Documentation

    • Certificates for compositional compliance to European Pharmacopoeia and for compliance to United States Pharmacopoeia USP class VI; documents valid for 2 years
    • Testing against EuP & USP - class VI protocols: carried out; testing reports by accredited labs available upon request
    • Drug Master File (FDA) registered – Letter of Authorization available upon request
    • 2 years warranty of supply


    Specialised Medical Market Support

    • Dedicated sales and technical service support
    • Continuity of supply (2 years)
    • Continuity of formulation (2 years, unless controlled by applicable regulations)
    • Notification of changes (2 years)
    • Eltex® MED quality and logistics
    • Formula disclosure under secrecy agreement to the pharmaceutical industry only
    • FTIR spectrum available upon request 
    • Technical brochure


    Applications in which INEOS O&P Europe manufactures specialist grades include:

    • Blow-Fill-Seal
    • Syringes
    • Inhalers
    • Medical Caps & Closures

    Product Brochure:

    Eltex MED

    Blow Fill Seal

Film

  • Summary

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe offers a range of innovative solutions for the flexible packaging market, based on our wide range of products; including Eltex® P, Eltex® PF, EBA copolymers and BOPP.

    Eltex® PF (new generation metallocene PE) in combination with other INEOS O&P Europe products offers state of the art solutions enabling customers to develop market leading products:

    • Eltex® PF combined with EBA copolymers for stretch hoods
    • Eltex® PF plus LDPE for high clarity collation shrink film
    • Eltex® PF product range for lamination

    Eltex® P Polypropylene sealing layer resins cover a comprehensive performance range. Thanks to the versatility of the polymer structure (C2 & C4 copolymer, C2/C4 terpolymer), Eltex® P offers outstanding film surface functionalities such as low sealing temperature, hot tack strength and metallisation.

    Combinations of Eltex® P with homopolymers provides unique solutions for:

    • Sealable transparent films
    • Tobacco film
    • White cavitated films
    • Labels
    • Metallised films

    Product Brochure:

    PP Film

    Processing Guide Metallocene

  • BOPP (bi-oriented polypropylene) Film

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe's reputation in the marketplace as a leading producer of BOPP film is supported by INEOS O&P Europe’s 25 year relationship with BOPP supply chain producers, converters, packers and end-users.

    Due to the diversity of our inherited polypropylene technologies (bulk, gas phase such as Unipol® and Innovene®), INEOS O&P Europe markets a broad complementary portfolio of polypropylene resins designed to meet the demand placed upon the BOPP films, including:

    • Standard homopolymer intended for BOPP tenter and double bubble processes
    • Homopolymer suitable for metallisation intended for BOPP tenter and double bubble processes
    • Slightly modified homopolymer intended for BOPP tenter process

    As the world-leading supplier of heat seal resins, INEOS O&P Europe offers the most complete range of skin layer resins under the trade name “ELTEX® P” for sealable coextruded BOPP and metallisation applications:

    • High ethylene content random copolymer (ELTEX® P KS 400 series)
    • Propylene/ethylene/butene terpolymer (ELTEX® P KS 300 series)
    • High comonomer content propylene / alpha-olefin copolymer (ELTEX® P KS341 and KS399)
    • Propylene/alpha-olefin copolymer for metallised film targeting high barrier performance (ELTEX® P KS607)

  • CPP (Cast Polypropylene) Film

    INEOS O&P Europe also supplies polypropylene resins intended for non-oriented (cast) and blown films applications, including:

    • Homopolymer for un-oriented film applications (CPP)
    • Medium ethylene content random copolymer for shrink films
    • High ethylene content random copolymer for cast and blown film
    • Impact copolymer for retortable, sterilizable and stand-up pouch applications

    INEOS O&P Europe is committed to a close and continuous collaboration with customers, machine manufacturers and brand-owners, to steadily improve the performance of our resins. We have a dedicated team of technical experts and a world-class laboratory. With these resources we support customers and maximise the performance of their machine and technology with our grades.

    Do not hesitate to approach our technical team for advice through your local contact.

  • Metallocene

    Eltex® PF materials are at the forefront of metallocene LLDPE production for film applications. They offer leading extrusion performance combined with enhanced end product properties. Extruder output can be increased or energy consumption decreased by as much as 20%.

    This performance, together with exceptionally high impact resistance (>1000 g/25µm dart drop) and improved sealing and optical properties, allows INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe to offer a very distinctive set of behaviours for Eltex® PF products.

    Eltex® PF materials are made using a very clean manufacturing process (proprietary Innovene gas phase process) and this, together with the potential to significantly downgauge films and reduce packaging weight, ensures that the whole value chain is greener.

    Product Brochures:

    Metallocene LLDPE Film

    Metallocene LLDPE Overview

  • LDPE for Film Application

    The LDPE grade range from INEOS Olefins & Polymers varies from standard homopolymers to EBA (Ethylene Butyl Acrylate) copolymers and ionomers. These materials are used in a wide selection of applications, including:

    • Stretch hoods
    • Collation shrinkwrap
    • Lamination film
    • Consumer packaging

    LDPE is made in Cologne, Germany and Bamble, Norway using autoclave technology. These materials (particularly the low melt index grades) show better toughness, higher sealing strength and range, and better holing resistance in shrink film than similar LDPE grades from tubular plants.

    The EBA copolymers made in Bamble are used in several technically demanding end applications, and are particularly suitable for stretch hoods, offering higher elasticity than other copolymers.

  • LLDPE for Film Application

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe manufactures both the C6- and C4-LLDPE product ranges, using proprietary Innovene gas phase process. 

    C4-LLDPE is a very versatile material that is used in applications ranging from lamination film through to stretch wrap, consumer packaging and industrial films. The C6-LLDPE products are high performance materials that offer superior film properties for highly demanding applications such as pre-stretched cast film, heavy duty sacks, high quality lamination film and thin gauge consumer packaging.

    The C4-LLDPE products are used in a wide range of film applications all around the world, via direct sales and through the sales of INEOS Gas Phase licensees.

    Product Brochures:

    Hexene (C6) LLDPE Film

    Film Market Solutions:

    Appropriate combinations of INEOS O&P Europe's materials deliver innovative and high performance structures in several Film market segments, such as:

    Stretch Hoods:

    This fast growing segment is at the forefront of meeting users’ expectations in a film structure; lightweight, transparent and glossy, with high mechanical resistance. Best results come from their use in combination of Eltex® PF metallocene PE and LDPE EBA rich.

    Collation Shrinks:

    Consumers enjoy the ease, toughness and appearance of collation shrinks packaging. This is a typical example of where Eltex® PF materials together with a specific LDPE material outperform all existing solutions 

    Metallocene PE/PP Structures:

    The market leading developments of Structured Metallocene PE with PP layers have led to major steps in end products enhancement, allowing our customers to differentiate themselves from the ranks of their competitors. 

    The Solutions offer comprises Eltex® PF materials with a number of newly developed PP materials: 

    • High clarity/high stiffness solution
    • High transparency/softness
    • High stiffness/transparency and sealability
    • Lamination
  • Textile and Fibre

    With over 25 years’ experience in textile research, development and technical support, INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe is an historical and global leader in textile applications:

    Monofilaments

    INEOS O&P Europe supplies monofilament grades all over the world for a wide variety of applications including knitted fabrics and high quality ropes. End uses for these products include fishing nets, protective nets for construction and agriculture etc, where our class leading materials provide all the necessary properties.

    Artificial grass

    INEOS O&P Europe supplies a complete range of HDPE, metallocene and standard LLDPE, and PP homo- and co-polymer materials for the artificial grass market.

    Tapes

    INEOS O&P Europe supplies HDPE and PP tape grades for applications including knitted and woven fabrics. We supply fruit and vegetable bags, bale nets and wraps, carpet backing, woven bags, geotextiles and other applications where all the necessary properties are provided by our products.

    Multifilaments

    INEOS O&P Europe supplies PE and PP grades that provide an optimum balance between mechanical properties and softness.

    INEOS O&P Europe produces HDPE grades with high fluidity intended for bi-component fibres and special applications. Within the PP range we offer a complete set of products for BCF, CF and staple fibres. INEOS O&P Europe also offers tailor made products for specific applications via close customer partnerships.

    Spunbond

    INEOS O&P Europe supplies PP and PE grades suitable for all applications including hygiene and industrial. All resins are suitable for high speed production lines and the range includes formulations which are approved by major hygiene end-users.

    Product Brochure:

    Textile

Advanced Packaging Applications

  • Summary

    The advanced packaging applications sector of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe offers a wide range of polyolefins, including PP, HDPE, LDPE and LLDPE, used in:

    • Advanced Industrial applications
    • Advanced Food Packaging applications
    • Advanced Technical applications
    • Compounding

    As a result of its leading technology, strong product development capability and willingness to create value and strong relationships with customers and end-users INEOS O&P Europe is committed to serve the current and future needs of the global compounding, injection and blow moulding markets. Whether you are producing high clarity bottles for cosmetic applications, high volume food packaging tubs or filled compounds for the automotive industry, INEOS O&P Europe has a leading grade to meet your requirements exactly.

    Our unrivalled product offering is supported by a dedicated sales and technical team with extensive knowledge of the principal markets served.

  • Advanced Industrial Packaging

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s advanced industrial packaging sector supplies advantaged polyolefins for use in the production of injection and blow moulded articles with sizes ranging from less than 10 ml to more than 10,000 L. These containers and bottles are typically supplied to the industrial packaging and transportation markets.

    High density polyethylene

    INEOS O&P Europe operates state of the art proprietary production facilities using a range of catalyst systems to produce leading grades specifically tailored for all end used applications:

    • Narrow molecular weight homopolymer and copolymer grades for injection moulding of industrial containers for handling applications
    • Medium molecular weight homopolymer and copolymer grades with excellent stiffness / environmental stress crack resistance balances to meet the most demanding blow moulded end user applications
    • High molecular weight copolymer grades with class leading impact / environmental stress crack performance for blow moulded Industrial Packaging

    Polypropylene

    INEOS O&P Europe operates four production technologies on seven reactors based on five sites across Europe. This broad base enables production optimisation without compromising material properties. Detailed process and product development has led to a broad grade range with leading edge products for all mainstream injection and blow moulding applications.

    • Homopolymer grades for maximum stiffness, good contact clarity and surface gloss
    • Random copolymer grades for outstanding clarity, surface gloss, good rigidity and excellent impact resistance
    • Block or impact copolymer grades with outstanding impact and chemical resistance with high levels of rigidity

    Low and Linear density polyethylene

    INEOS O&P Europe has a limited range of Low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) grades suitable for industrial packaging.

  • Advanced Food Packaging

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s advanced food packaging sector supplies advantaged polyolefins for use in producing Injection moulded, Thermoformed and Blow moulded articles with volumes ranging from less than 10 ml to more than 20 L. These containers and bottles are typically supplied to the food and consumer packaging market.

    Polypropylene

    INEOS O&P Europe operates four production technologies on seven reactors based on five sites across Europe. This broad base enables production optimisation without compromising material properties. This coupled with detailed process and product development has given INEOS O&P Europe a broad grade range with leading products for all mainstream applications.

    • Homopolymer grades for maximum stiffness, excellent hot fill characteristics and good contact clarity and surface gloss
    • Random copolymer grades with outstanding clarity and surface gloss, andgood levels of rigidity and impact resistance
    • Block or impact copolymer grades with excellent impact and good levels of rigidity

    High density polyethylene

    INEOS O&P Europe operates state of the art proprietary production facilities using a range of catalyst systems. These produce leading grades specifically tailored for injection and blow moulded food packaging applications.

    Low and Linear low density polyethylene

    INEOS O&P Europe has a limited range of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) grades suitable for the food packaging (e.g. caps and soft lids) industry.

  • Advanced Technical Applications

    Through mergers and acquisitions, INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe has reinforced its presence in technical applications, developing an important position in many markets. INEOS O&P Europe closely interacts with the different supply chain players, from producers to converters and end-users, offering class-leading materials and customer support.

    INEOS O&P Europe has developed a range of products meeting the high quality demands of our customers’ applications. Our resins’ main properties are enhanced mechanical and optical properties and processability:

    • PP homopolymers: high temperature resistance plus a range of properties from standard, to ultra-high stiffness, to enhanced clarity, to powder and pellet solutions
    • PP random copolymers: improved optical properties, gloss levels and impact improvement over homopolymer
    • PP impact copolymers: excellent stiffness/impact balance for low temperature applications
    • HDPE homopolymer and copolymers C4 & C6
    • LDPE homopolymer and copolymers (EBA & MAA)
    • LLDPE metallocene, C6 & C4 * Powders PP and PE

    Within the advanced technical applications sub-sector, INEOS O&P Europe is working with their customers to develop applications that follow and lead market trends. Innovation and technology are key objectives of the sector. INEOS O&P Europe has included new automotive applications within the advanced technical applications sub-sector.

    Product Brochure:

    Rigid Packaging Solutions

    PE & PP Powders

    LDPE High Fluidity

    HDPE for Injection moulding

    Medium/High Fluidity Random Copolymers

    PP High Flow Impact Copolymers

    High Impact Copolymer PP - 540-CA13

    New PP Random Copolymers - 240-HP Series

  • Compounding

    INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe’s first priority is serving customers and developing the necessary products for their markets. This has led to the development of both powder and pellet grades specifically tailored for the compounding market. These tailored grades are complemented by an extensive range of grades primarily designed for the injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion markets.

    Polypropylene

    Should you require stiffness, impact or transparency our polypropylene grades will meet your technical requirements. Additionally, a range of homopolymer and copolymer powder grades taken directly from the reactor, branded Eltex® P, are available. Eltex® P powders are not stabilised and have a narrow particle size distribution with an average size of around 600 microns. 

    This narrow particle size distribution coupled with a spherical morphology results in free flowing characteristics and virtually no fines. The uniform size gives excellent mixing behaviour with additives, fillers and colour concentrates.

    High density polyethylene

    Along with a complete range of pellet grades, INEOS O&P Europe also offers an extensive range of powder grades produced on a Ziegler Slurry process using proprietary supported catalyst. These powders, both homopolymer and copolymers have an average particle size of 250 microns making them ideal for numerous applications including the following:

    • Wood Plastic Composites
    • Textile components
    • Masterbatch and compound production
    • Chlorinated or chemically modified polyethylene production

    Low and Linear low density polyethylene

    An extensive range of low density and linear low density polyethylene grades are offered for compound production though these grades are only supplied in pellet form.

Export and Distribution

  • The export, trading and distribution sector is organised to develop regular business partnerships with customers outside European countries, with a focus on CIS, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

    The Asian market, from Pakistan to New Zealand, is covered by the INEOS office in Shanghai. The United States and Canada are mainly served by our US office and production plant (INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, Shanghai Office), with all three offices working in close contact.

    Export business is structured through a network of agents which have extensive experience of the polyolefins products and in depth local market knowledge, together with a dedicated back office team located in Brussels. Trading activity is used to provide options, preferably on export markets, to load the commodity lines to their maximum capacities with optimised sales made on an on the spot basis.

    Following our business plans, the Export, Trading & Distribution sector has developed a worldwide strategy and focus on long term development of speciality products. INEOS O&P Europe businesses are HDPE, L-LDPE and PP.

    Our extended grade range enables us to serve all the following applications:

    • Pipes
    • Car Fuel Tank
    • Organoleptic Caps
    • Long life Milk
    • Textile
    • Heat Seal
    • Wire & Cable
    • Coating
    • Powders
    • Rotomoulding
    • Injection
    • Random & Impact Copolymers

    Distribution

    Together with our direct sales channel, our distribution network gives us full market coverage, enabling us to provide cost effective and high quality access to all markets.

    Our relationship with our distributors is based on close partnership and strong alignment on strategy, business values and especially on safety.

    For the distributor in your area please contact us by mail IneosPofEu@ineos.com