1 March 2020

HMC's New Non-Phthalate RACO

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Phthalates are chemical substances increasingly receiving attention by consumers, end-users and regulatory bodies as they are suspected to be potential endocrine disruptors. While phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers in PVC, where the percentage of phthalates contained in the final polymer can reach up to 50%, phthalate-based catalysts are also used in the polymerization of polypropylene.

In the case of polypropylene, the residual amount of phthalates in the final polymer is at the level of parts per million, which is significantly below the tolerable limit. Nevertheless, starting from Europe, PP producers are converting product families further from phthalate-based catalysts to non-phthalate-based catalysts in a response to the increasing consumer demand for non-phthalate materials.
 
Thanks to our joint-venture associate LyondellBasell (LYB), the largest PP catalyst producer worldwide, HMC Polymers has access to a broad range of non-phthalate-based catalysts. HMC Polymers already offers a series of PP products produced from non-phthalate-based catalysts. The current HMC non-phthalate-based product range currently addresses particularly sensitive applications such as baby diapers and some categories of food packaging.

We are pleased to announce that HMC Polymers is now successively converting further product families from phthalate-based catalysts to non-phthalate-based catalysts starting with the product ranges for Housewares, Rigid Packaging, Consumer Products and Baby Bottles.
 
As the latest addition to our product portfolio, HMC Polymers in now offering Random Copolymers Moplen RP6110, Moplen RP6111 and Moplen RP6112 for transparent injection molding applications.

For more information on HMC PP products produced from non-phthalate-based catalysts, please contact HMC at sales@hmcpolymers.com