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LDPE
Low Density Polyethylene
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LDPE (a.k.a. Low Density Polyethylene) the first thermoplastic polyolefin used commercially, is one of the three main types of polyethylene. LDPE differs from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) primarily due to its unique molecular structure, where large amounts of long-chain branching, impart different rheological behavior in both shear and extension. LDPE offers an unparalleled combination of low cost, ease of fabrication and balance of physical properties (toughness, flexibility and transparency). The first thermoplastic polyolefin used commercially, LDPE is still widely used in a wide range of applications.
Generically, it is possible to establish commercial grades based on LDPE applications: film and sheet, extrusion coating, injection molding, wire and cable, and blow molding. The film and sheet industry represents the largest application sector for low-density polyethylene, constituting approximately 50% of North American demand. Resins used for films typically have melt indices ranging from 0.2 to 6 and densities from 0.917 to 0.930. Typically, the extrusion coating process employs resins with melt indices between 4 and 10 and densities from 0.920 to 0.930, particularly those produced in autoclave reactors, with the essential combination of neck-in and drawdown. One of the resin specifications commonly used in extrusion coating is the general-purpose grade. The injection molding grade is obtained by injecting molten LDPE into a metal mold at high temperature and pressure. The resulting solid article, taking the mold's shape, is then cooled and extracted.

LDPE Cost of Production | Q4 2023

Updated Reports Examining LDPE Manufacturing Costs

Intratec offers professional, easy-to-understand Commodity Cost of Production reports analyzing the costs of LDPE manufacturing processes. Each report describes an industrial plant based on a specific LDPE process. The report also presents an independent analysis of the costs of LDPE production, encompassing plant capital costs (capex) and plant operating costs (opex). All reports are based on the most recent economic data available (Q4 2023).

LDPE Production from Ethylene (High-Pressure Tubular Process)

This report presents the economics of a typical Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) production process from polymer grade (PG) ethylene in the United States, using a high-pressure tubular polymerization process.

Details: 400 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report LDPE E11A target a 400 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

LDPE Production from Ethylene (High-Pressure Autoclave Process)

This report analyses the economics of a typical Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) production process from polymer grade (PG) ethylene in the United States. The process examined in this report is a high-pressure autoclave process.

Details: 150 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report LDPE E12A target a 150 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

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About LDPE. LDPE (a.k.a. Low Density Polyethylene) the first thermoplastic polyolefin used commercially, is one of the three main types of polyethylene. LDPE differs from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) primarily due to its unique molecular structure, where large amounts of long-chain branching, impart different rheological behavior in both shear and extension. LDPE offers an unparalleled combination of low cost, ease of fabrication and balance of physical properties (toughness, flexibility and transparency). The first thermoplastic polyolefin used commercially, LDPE is still widely used in a wide range of applications.

LDPE Uses. Generically,it is possible to establish commercial grades based on LDPE applications: film and sheet,extrusion coating,injection molding,wire and cable,and blow molding. The film and sheet industry represents the largest application sector for low-density polyethylene,constituting approximately 50% of North American demand. Resins used for films typically have melt indices ranging from 0.2 to 6 and densities from 0.917 to 0.930. Typically,the extrusion coating process employs resins with melt indices between 4 and 10 and densities from 0.920 to 0.930,particularly those produced in autoclave reactors,with the essential combination of neck-in and drawdown. One of the resin specifications commonly used in extrusion coating is the general-purpose grade. The injection molding grade is obtained by injecting molten LDPE into a metal mold at high temperature and pressure. The resulting solid article,taking the mold's shape,is then cooled and extracted.

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