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Borealis upgrades its solutions for water pipes

Borealis upgrades its solutions for water pipes
Borealis relaunched its newly upgraded crosslinkable polyethylene (PEX-a) compound Borealis HE1878E-C2 and the recent inclusion of polypropylene random crystalline temperature (PP-RCT) in the updated global EN ISO 15874 standard.

PEX-a has been the preferred piping solution for many installers for decades thanks to its proven track record for safety and high performance. In response to customer and end-user demand for materials exhibiting increased resistance to disinfectants, Borealis is relaunching the enhanced HE1878E-C2, the first fully-stabilised, ready-compounded PEX-a to achieve Class 5 listing. The Class 5 listing corresponds to the highest chlorine resistance rating in accordance with the ASTM F876 standard for PE crosslinked pipes using the ASTM F2023 test method. ASTM F876 is the Standard Specification for PEX tubing in North America.

The advanced qualification of Borealis HE1878E-C2 opens up a wide range of additional opportunities for pipe producers in North America, whilst at the same time enabling producers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to gain the competitive edge thanks to product differentiation. "Having achieved the highest possible chlorine resistant qualification on the market for Borealis HE1878E-C2 underscores the Borealis commitment to innovation and excellence which ultimately benefits the entire pipe value chain," explains Gilles Rochas, Borealis Vice President Energy & Infrastructure.

Borealis' PEX-a pipe boasts well-known benefits such as enhanced durability, high temperature resistance, excellent flexibility and low creep. Now Class 5 listing can be added to the list of comfort giving benefits of Borealis HE1878E-C2. As a fully formulated mini-pelletised compound, Borealis HE1878E-C2 also offers significant production advantages: it requires only the addition of peroxide, thus minimising the risk of additive dosing errors, is easy to handle and its cost efficiency is also improved. With Borealis HE1878E-C2, pipe producers can enjoy access to an already proven stabilisation package whilst end-users have the confidence of the long track-record of PEX-a as well as the Class 5 listing.