Polyethylene (PE)

PE, or Polyethylene, is a chemically resistant thermoplastic that can be very durable. Polyethylene plastic comes in a low density form and a high density form.

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  • History

    Polyethylene is the largest volume polymer produced globally (see facts & figures). Since its accidental discovery in 1933 it has evolved into a material critical to modern life. The first product commercialized was low density polyethylene (LDPE) based on free radical polymerization. Shortly thereafter new polymerization chemistries based on chromium catalysis and Ziegler Natta catalysis expanded the product space. Improved polymer performance based on new catalyst and application technologies have made it possible to have the diversity of use we see today. It is an essential material to power transmission, food packaging, consumer goods, electronics, household goods, industrial storage, transportation industries.

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