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WHAT IS POLYPROPYLENE?

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic obtained by polymerizing propylene, a gaseous by-product of oil refining. It all takes place in the presence of a catalyst under carefully controlled temperature and pressure conditions.

 

There are three types of polypropylene (homopolymers, random copolymers, and high impact copolymers), which may be modified and adapted for specific uses.

 

Characteristics:

 

  •  Optimal cost/benefit ratio
  • Versatility: It is compatible with most existing processing techniques; it is used in different business applications such as packaging, the automotive industry, textiles, housewares, medicine, tubing, etc.
  • Good processability: It is the plastic with the lowest specific weight (0.9 g/cm3), which means that a smaller amount is needed to obtain a finished product.
  • Water vapor barrier: As it prevents moisture transfer, it can be used to protect many kinds of foods.
  • Good organoleptic, chemical, strength, and transparency properties.