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What is Borstar® Technology?



What is Borstar® Technology?

Borstar® is Borealis’ state-of-the-art multi-modal proprietary technology for manufacturing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). Combined with Borealis’ unique catalyst technology, Borstar supports the production of a wide range of enhanced PE and PP products for the most demanding applications by enabling molecular design. The Borstar process offers simultaneous improvements in conversion economics and in key environmental aspects, such as energy efficiency and raw material recycling.

Borealis provides continued Borstar development and is further commercialising the next generation of Borstar such as Borstar PE 3G. The new developments represent a leap forward in process technology, allowing flexible polymer design from bi-modal to multi-modal PE/PP resins and facilitating the development of an ever-widening range of new plastics that outperform alternative materials in meeting the needs of manufacturers and end users.

Global growth through Borstar PE and PP capability and capacity expansion is a core ingredient of the Borealis strategy. Significant growth projects include Borouge, the joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the United Arab Emirates and Bayport Polymers LLC (Baystar™), the 50/50 joint venture owned by TotalEnergies and Borealis in North America. Following the successful start-up of the Borouge 3 project in 2016, the site in Ruwais is now the world’s largest integrated polyolefins complex, with a production capacity of 4.5 million tonnes and aiming at further growth. Baystar includes a 625,000 metric tonne-per-year Borstar polyethylene unit at its production site in Pasadena, Texas, and a one-million-tonne per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. The new cracker processes ethane and will supply feedstock for its existing 400,000-ton-per-year polyethylene units as well as the new unit in Pasadena.

Scope of Borstar®

The cornerstone of the Borstar technology is delivering innovative products through its efficient and flexible design. Borstar’s key components are proprietary polyolefin multimodal process technology and proprietary catalyst systems.

The Borstar multimodal polymerisation process enables tailor-made polymer materials for demanding applications via:

  • broad ranging polymer design freedom (e.g. molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, comonomer distribution and crystal morphology)
  • large product property window and feature combinations (e.g. high strength and processability, stiffness and impact, clarity and toughness)
  • high and consistent quality; supported by a proprietary developed Advanced Process Control (BorAPC)

This makes it possible to create more sophisticated, customer-oriented solutions characterised by a unique property combination.

Why Borstar®?

Borstar delivers what its customers need – consistently superior property products that can be converted into applications, which give sustainable value. The Borstar process provides innovative polymers with both good mechanical properties and good processability in a broad range of product applications (e.g. automotive, pipe, packaging, etc.) at competitive cost and improved environmental sustainability (e.g. downgauging).

Borstar materials feature, depending on the application, a number of special property and structural benefits, which are realised from tailoring the resin’s molecular structure in both the Borstar PE and Borstar PP process. These include:

  • toughness and high environmental stress-cracking resistance (ESCR)
  • long-term creep/burst resistance
  • uniquely high stiffness/impact balance is in combination with add-on functionalities like surface aesthetics and dimensional stability
  • World-class process safety performance
  • Low energy consumption
  • Zero CO2 footprint capability
  • Leading circular economy performance with Borstar enabling incorporation of more than 50% post-consumer recycled materials in some end products
  • Greater resource efficiency thanks to lightweighting of products
  • Focus on durable and recyclable applications
  • High-performance Borstar materials enables downgauging and greater design freedom: design for circularity, mono-material solutions
Value-added products
  • Bimodal Borstar PE technology and multimodal Borstar PP technology enable lighter, tougher, and stronger product solutions, including non-phthalate PP resins
  • Improved resin processability – faster and more efficient
  • Global leader for black specialty Borstar PE resins, such as for infrastructure applications
  • Superior technology flexibility
  • Proprietary catalyst technology
  • Securing the future with continuous innovation of the technology and the Borstar® PE 3G platform
Highly competitive
  • Highest proven bimodal PE capacity in the world
  • Excellent plant reliability thanks to robust plant design and vast operations experience with mega-plants
  • Capability to run complex grade mix to serve diversified markets in changing market environments
  • Borstar offers a very wide density and product range with one single platform


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Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed



Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed

The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.

Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;

1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe

Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.

2. Lay A Firm Foundation

Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.

3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping

This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.

4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly

It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.

5. Make Your Mattress Clean

Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.

6. Do Not Make Your Bed

You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.

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