Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylene (PE)

Polyethylene (PE)

PE popularity is due to its ease of processing and relatively low cost. It is strong but lightweight, resistant to alkalis and acids, and can be used continually in temperatures up to 180 Fahrenheit. There are three basic types of PE resins:

  • Low-density PE (LDPE)
  • Linear low-density PE (LLDPE)
  • High-density PE (HDPE)

HLMI HDPE has excellent stress cracking resistance, good impact and strength.

Application: PE can be processed through injection molding. It is used to create trash cans, dishpans, pails, and lids. Extrusion is used to process over half the PE sold in North America into film. Packaging film includes stretch and shrink wrap, grocery bags, laundry and dry cleaning bags. PE can also be used to make sheet, profile, pipe, and tubing. HLMI HDPE applications include barrels, dunnage trays, port-a-johns, and returnable pallets.

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