New grade of SABIC Vestolen for gas pipe industry

New grade of SABIC Vestolen… SABIC has completed its Vestolen A pipe portfolio by adding a new orange colored High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) grade which is typically used for gas distribution. The new grade is made to the same high performance standard as the rest of SABIC's existing range and meets the pipe industry's need for outstanding product safety and reliability.

The new grade, SABIC Vestolen A 6060R, is long-lasting and is typically used for mono- as well as for multi-layer co-extruded pipes. It also has good resistance to slow crack growth and rapid crack propagation as it is classified as a PE100 compound and comes with a 10.0 MRS (Minimum Required Strength) rating. The new grade builds on the already impressive track record of the SABIC Vestolen A range which is known for being a reliable, low weight and easy to install HDPE material.

The launch of this new grade highlights SABIC's strong commitment to the pipe industry. Louis Loos, Segment Leader Pipes at SABIC comments: "SABIC will continue to invest in the pipe industry, to be able to anticipate effectively on its future developments and requirements. Our global platform of research and development centers makes us a strong innovation partner and we're ready to leverage this capability further in collaboration with customers."

As die deposits are significantly reduced during the extrusion process of the new grade, SABIC Vestolen A 6060R also offers considerable benefits to converters as the production process doesn't need to be interrupted as frequently as is needed with standard material and higher levels of throughput can be achieved as a result.

SABIC's Technical Marketing Engineer HDPE Europe, Ralph Handstanger, believes this demonstrates how SABICs innovative approach to the development of new materials can offer maximum value to the industry, "When developing new materials we pay particular attention to the conversion process. SABIC Vestolen A 6060R is an example how we support converters to optimize their production process."

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