Highlights of the SPE Polyolefins Conference included a ‘game-changing’ LLDPE family, and new stabilizers and other additives for film extrusion and all types of molding.
A variety of new developments in materials, additives, and processing were dominant themes at SPE’s International Polyolefins 2018 conference, held in Houston in late February. There were over 700 attendees at what’s said to be the world’s largest polymer conference dedicated to polyolefins. There were 67 technical papers, five keynote plenary talks that addressed major industry trends, and 64 exhibitors.
Among the highlights is a unique family of LLDPE that can rival mLLDPE in flexible films, three new polyolefin stabilization systems, a new halogen-free flame retardant for a range of polyolefin formulations, advances in clarifying blow molded bottles, and new mineral fillers for demanding automotive TPO components.