A new family of PP resins tailored for stretch-blow molding has attained its first commercial uses. Introduced in Europe last year, Stretchene PP resins from LyondellBasell Industries (U.S. office in Wilmington, Del.) are said to outperform other PP bottle grades in rigidity, impact strength, clarity, and productivity. Stretchene makes its commercial debut in a new range of oriented bottles jointly developed by Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble and stretch-blow packaging consultant PTI Europe, a Swiss branch of Plastic Technologies, Inc., Holland, Ohio. The 0.5L, 1L, and 2L bottles are used for P&G’s new Ariel Professional brand of laundry bleach. They are molded by Alpla Italia S.r.l. The 2L bottle is believed to be the largest oriented-PP bottle with a grip ever produced. (800) 955-3223 • www.basell.com
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