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collaboration

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Working
together is

success

A lightbulb moment led to the development
of a new material. Here's how three
companies came together to make that
happen while incidentally demonstrating
the importance of collaboration in the value
chain. "It's truly a team accomplishment,"
emphasised Owen Lightbody, who leads
the performance films technical service team
in Nova Chemicals' Innovation department.
So what is so special about HD-BOPE?

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uite a lot, apparently.
As Nova
Chemicals
describes it, though,
it is primarily an important
building block to help brand
owners reach their packaging sustainability goals. A lot
of application development
done at Nova focusses on the
development of new packaging solutions, explained Owen
Lightbody. It is why, several

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years ago, the company became interested in oriented
films and specifically, in biaxially oriented polyethylene -
BOPE - in the first place.
"There is a huge emphasis on
recycling and with BOPE, we
saw we could help the industry
transition to a circular economy," said Lightbody.
First, however, the company
head to learn more about the
oriented films and the process-

es used to produce these. "It
began with machine directional
orientation and then we started learning about the tenter
frame process and biaxial films
- how the process dramatically
improves the performance of
polyethylene. Extremely impressive," noted Lightbody.
"Then, during one of our
first trials, we found that with
LLDPE, we could make film
the first day. But with HDPE

- well, everything was failing,
it wasn't running through the
machine and that's when the
lightbulb went on in our heads:
this is what the market needs,
this is where innovation needs
to happen."
However, it was clear that this
was a project requiring more
knowhow than the company
had. It needed to find a partner
able to provide the technical expertise that Nova was lacking.



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