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Metallocene linear-LDPE produced in India

By Scott Jenkins |


GAIL Ltd. (New Delhi, India; www.gailonline.com) has successfully produced Metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (mLLDPE) on its world-class 400,000 MT per annum UNIPOL PE Reactor line located in Pata, Uttar Pradesh, India on 17th January 2019.

GAIL’s Metallocene LLDPE resin products are suited for a wide-range of Metallocene-based film structures that require advantaged performance – particularly important for applications such as stretch wrap films, agricultural films and food packaging films. GAIL’s Metallocene LLDPE product, offered under the brand name “G-Lene,”  has been well received by GAIL’s convertor customers as meeting all operating expectations while exceeding film performance expectations, the company says.

Steven F. Stanley, President of Univation Technologies, stated, “We celebrate with GAIL on reaching this important achievement as the first Metallocene PE producer in India. Our XCAT Metallocene PE Technology provides GAIL with the ideal platform to satisfy a range of high-performance film applications requiring superior puncture and tear resistance, while also allowing for significant down-gauging opportunities – a key sustainability benefit for the Indian market.”

“Demand for Metallocene polyethylene resins provides significant growth opportunities within the Indian PE market, particularly for higher-end applications that require Metallocene’s superior film performance attributes which are unmatched by conventional polyethylene resins,” stated B.C. Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL. “Univation’s Metallocene technology combined with the UNIPOL PE Process provides GAIL with the right solutions to deliver consistent Metallocene resins that meet or exceed the performance requirements of our Metallocene PE customers throughout the Indian market. This move of GAIL shall promote “Make in India” and shall help potential forex savings of over $100 million annually for India, as per initial estimates.”

GAIL (India) Ltd., is India’s National Gas Company with activities ranging from Gas Transmission and Marketing to Processing (for fractionating LPG, Propane, Light Naphtha and Pentane); transmission of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG); production and marketing of Petrochemicals like HDPE and LLDPE

Univation Technologies is the global leader in licensed polyethylene technology. XCAT is a trademark of Univation Technologies. UNIPOL is a trademark of The Dow Chemical Company licensed for use to Univation Technologies.

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