Global petrochemicals group Total has launched a host of new products for packaging and construction, designed for optics, performance and strength.
Speaking at today's EMG pre-K press conference, Total outlined a range of new and existing product lines for the current needs of the plastics sector. Jean Francois Renglet, VP Polymers Europe emphasised the group's recent shift towards an application-based corporate structure. Though not exhibiting this year, Total will maintain a presence at the K show via partnerships in various segments.
Sonia de Greef, Business Manager Flexible Packaging and Personal Care spoke about the recently launched Lumicene Supertough 22ST05. The new PE product reportedly offers easy processing, due to long-chain branching. Properties on a consumer level are, according to Total, characterised by less weight, and less waste. de Greef suggested that under the correct conditions, the range can offer weight savings of up to 25%.
Phillipe Thiriaux, Business Manager for Rigid Packaging commented on that group's focus on downguaging in rigid packaging, making products lighter, thinner and cheaper, whilst maintaining quality, in line with current trends.
The Lumicene Random range, for example offers higher stiffness and rigidity, meaning greater potential for downguaging.
Veerle Naets, Business Manager Technical Parts, Durables and Consumer Goods introduced the group's new line for industrial packaging, XScene 55060. Again, this line has been developed with a focus on efficiency and savings. Total says it has developed a bimodal grade which offers 10% material savings, resulting in a 5% cost reduction.
Speaking about the group's efforts for the construction sector (namely piping, cables and carpets) was Marc van den Berg,
Business Manager Infrastructure and Construction, who announced a new EPS line to launch later this year. Total's claim is that the grade, to be named Excell-R will offer all the benefits of traditional EPS, but with much-improved thermal properties.