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NOVA Chemicals introduces new SURPASS® resin for blown film applications


High-performance polyethylene combines outstanding toughness and processability

January 5, 2006, Pittsburgh, PA - NOVA Chemicals Corporation today announced it has commercialized SURPASS® FPs016-C high-performance polyethylene, developed for blown film applications that require premium toughness without sacrificing processability. An octene polyethylene, SURPASS FPs016-C is produced with NOVA Chemicals’ Advanced SCLAIRTECH™ technology utilizing a proprietary single-site catalyst. This proprietary catalyst system results in the ease of processing for which SURPASS products are renowned.

“Our newest SURPASS resin is an optimal performer in a broad range of applications that require extra toughness, such as produce and frozen food packaging, or protective film for the transportation of mobile homes and boats,” said Beth Eckenrode, Vice President, Advanced SCLAIRTECH Business Development. “FPs016-C offers customers an ideal combination of toughness and high seal strength with best-in-class melt strength.”

The melt strength of SURPASS FPs016-C resin provides bubble stability, resulting in ease of processing. It outperforms competitive resins in tear tests and seals at comparable temperatures. In addition, it demonstrates superior strength during ‘hot tack’ tests – a key benefit for high-speed packaging lines.

SURPASS FPs016-C resin is now available to customers in sample or commercial quantities. This new resin is a complement to the existing blown film family of SURPASS resins. NOVA Chemicals continues to develop and commercialize industry-leading SURPASS molding and film grades.

NOVA Chemicals produces commodity plastics and chemicals that are essential to everyday life. Our employees develop and manufacture materials for customers worldwide that produce consumer, industrial and packaging products. NOVA Chemicals works with a commitment to Responsible Care® to ensure effective health, safety, security and environmental stewardship. Company shares are traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges as NCX.

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Responsible Care® is a registered trademark of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA) in Canada and is a registered service mark of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in the United States.

SURPASS® is a registered trademark of NOVA Chemicals Corporation in Canada and of NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A. elsewhere.

Advanced SCLAIRTECH™ is a trademark of NOVA Chemicals.


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