Chart Description. This chart presents LDPE prices in several countries, as follows:
Chart Instructions. Hover the mouse over the series to view the respective LDPE prices plotted. You can filter a given LDPE price series by clicking on the respective legend label, right above the chart.
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 film, coating, molding, wire and cable insulations, among other applications.
Chemical Formula. (C2H4)n
Commercial Grades. Each company has their own trade names and specific grade slates for various applications
Uses. LDPE has a broad range of applications due to its attractive mechanical properties and low cost. The greatest demand for LDPE resins is associated with film and sheet end-use, representing most of the total production. It is presented next LDPE major end-uses, as well as respective examples of finished products:film and sheet (pallet and shrink wrapping, heavy-duty sacks, food packaging, refuse bags, storage bags, agricultural film, and industrial sheeting); extrusion coating (thin coating on paper, aluminum foil, paperboard, and polymeric materials); wire and cable applications (insulation); injection molding (mainly caps and closures); blow molding (in applications requiring clarity, flexibility, and environmental stress crack resistance are required).
- Ethylene (high-pressure tubular polymerization)
- Ethylene (high-pressure autoclave polymerization)
To know more about LDPE production processes, click here.
Derivatives. Low Density Polyethylene is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: polyethylene, chlorosulfonated; polyethylene, crosslinked; polyethylene wax, low-density
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