Food industry - Basell Orlen Polyolefins

Food industry


The segment of packaging, containers and bottles made by the extrusion blow moulding method includes packaging for consumer products such as detergents, cosmetics, personal hygiene items and foodstuffs. Customers choose Hostalen grades made using Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) technology, as well as Lupolen and LDPE grades, for the above applications because of the following key properties:

  • High rigidity/impact resistance.
  • Ease of processing.
  • High chemical resistance.
  • High Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance (ESCR).
  • Reduced wall thickness.
  • Reduced weight and quantity of material used.

As far as transparent packaging is concerned, we offer Moplen grades. The end products are highly translucent, rigid and impact resistant.


Flexible food packaging films made from polyolefins are an excellent solution for Customers who want to save costs and take full advantage of their exceptional utility properties, e.g. the protection of film-wrapped products.

The PE and PP grades offered by BOPS, produced using state-of-the-art technologies, are the materials that are frequently used for production of flexible films, including also the films designated for low temperature tacking or hot filling.

Customers choose BOPS products for the following properties that perfectly match the processor’s needs:

  • Profitability of the production process.
  • Ease of handling, filling and transport – resulting from their form, i.e. sleeve film or hot-tacked bags.
  • Protection of perishable products from the impact of environmental factors and microbiological agents, ensuring their long shelf life.
  • Use of multiple opening/closing solutions with the high functionality that is typical for rigid packaging.

The processors know very well that the state-of-the-art grades offered by BOPS provide excellent transparency or perfect matt finishing in either stained or transparent applications. We cooperate closely with our Customers to meet key requirements, which include resistance to piercing, flexibility, low smell and taste penetration, and protection from light, water vapour and oxygen.

Flexible films containing PP can be used to produce sterile packaging, which is suitable for ready-to-eat meals.

  • Typical consumer applications include film packs for:
  • Powdered products.
  • Liquid food and food pastes.
  • Solid ingredients with sharp edges packed in a vacuum or in a modified atmosphere.
  • Foods which must be filled when hot, pasteurized, sterilized and/or require packaging that is resistant to low temperature.
  • Food packing films.

Caps and closures

BOPS offers a broad range of polyolefins for the production of closures and caps for soft drinks bottles. These grades meet our Customers’ requirements in terms of increased resistance to intrusion (security), folding lids, resistance to stress corrosion, resistance to high temperature and good processing properties.

The range of products that can be used for the production of caps and closures includes the following:

  • Hostalen (HDPE)
  • Lupolen (LDPE)
  • Moplen, Clyrell, Adflex (PP)

Opaque packaging

Processors choose our Moplen grades (homopolymers, block copolymers) for opaque packaging applications because of their high functionality, cost effectiveness, and adaptability for following consumer trends.

Given that a product’s attractive appearance on the store shelf is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not the consumer will buy it, we offer our Customers grades which meet the aesthetic demands of the consumer market. The main applications in this segment include packaging for dairy products, bread, margarine, ice cream, salads, fresh food and frozen food, and non-food items such as paint.

High fluidity Moplen grades are for processors specializing in the production of thin-walled containers, or containers with a complex cross-section (perhaps because they are moulded under lower pressure). The Clyrell grades are selected when Customers desire a product in shining, bright or metallic colours, and at the same time want it to have high impact resistance and low resistance to stress whitening.

Transparent packaging

BOPS polyolefins are used by processors to produce various transparent containers in applications where high transparency and aesthetic appearance are of the utmost importance.

A broad range of PP Moplen grades (including homopolymers and random copolymers) is aimed at Customers who desire highly functional and cost effective packaging for bakery products, margarine, ice cream, fresh food, agricultural products, frozen food, and packaging for paints and household goods.

High fluidity Moplen grades provide a good combination of high fluidity and transparency. They are used to produce thin-walled packaging, or containers that are made by injection moulding.

The Clyrell grades provide high transparency combined with very high impact resistance in low temperatures, and have very good aesthetic properties.


Our Customers seek materials to produce plastic meshes for packaging a variety of products such as potatoes and other vegetables. Other applications of plastic meshes include straw or hay bales, or protective meshes for wrapping pallets.

For the production of woven mesh fabrics, our Customers choose HDPE. Its advantages, in terms of mechanical properties, include high resistance to stretching, large extension before breaking and a very low tendency to fibrillate.

Rigid packaging

Rigid packaging is, in most cases, produced by injection moulding or thermoforming. For many years, PP has been the most important material in the production of this type of packaging. The popularity of PP in the production of rigid packaging is also shown by its increasing global consumption. In many cases, PP offers significant cost savings, excellent processing qualities and great utility properties. In addition, PP is an environmentally-acceptable plastic.

Typical applications of PP include the food packaging segment, products for the chemical sector, and packaging for household use. BOPS offers a rich assortment of standard and innovative PP grades which are produced in the LyondellBasell Group’s plants in Western Europe and in BOP’s plants in Płock.

We are seeing the global increase in usage of various PP grades for injection moulding production of thin-walled utility items and rigid packaging. This popularity comes from a wide array of applications, including food (packaging for margarine, ice-cream, dairy products and dried food), and also the utilization of the In-Mould Labelling (IML) technology.

Injection moulding can also be used to produce very detailed structures with very thin walls, such as openwork laundry baskets or trash cans, or pots for nurseries. PP is a perfect choice for such uses – it offers significant cost savings, ease of processing, and great utility properties.

BOP plants produce several different PP grades with broad development potential, which are recommended for such uses. These include homopolymers, block copolymers and statistical copolymers.

For injection applications, BOPS offers the PP grades created through polymerization. For quick injection (MFR of up to as much as 100 g/10 min), it offers the PP grades with controlled rheology, a broad range of melt flow rates and diverse utility properties.

BOPS is the leading supplier of the PP grades on the Polish market. The PP grades are successfully used by processors who use thermoforming to produce a diversity of rigid packaging types. .

Homopolymers Moplen (with and without the addition of the nucleating agent) combine high rigidity and optimal optical properties, which makes them a perfect choice for transparent containers produced by thermoforming. The properties of homopolymers can be modified by adding a special copolymer Adflex – this produces great-looking transparent packaging and trays with excellent impact resistance in low temperatures, including deep freezing.

For opaque packaging being used at temperatures lower than 0℃, a similar range of applications can be  achieved using impact copolymer Moplen. It guarantees great stability of detailed structures, and resistance to creeping and deformations.

In their applications, Customers choose BOPS products for many reasons, such as:

  • High impact resistance in low temperatures.
  • Very high transparency.
  • Reduction of production cycle times, and higher productivity.
  • Reduced wall thickness.
  • Suitability for using in a microwave oven.
  • Recycling opportunities.
  • High chemical resistance.


A wide assortment of PP Moplen grades meet the expectations of processors from the crates segment of the market – that is, crates used for transporting foodstuffs and other goods. Lightweight folding systems, impact-resistant crates, long multi-use containers and crates resistant to stress whitening are some of the applications sought by the Customers who use BOPS grades.

The Clyrell grades, with high transparency and durability, are used to produce transparent crates with high impact resistance.

Stand-up pouches and bags

As an excellent alternative to glass or metal products, processors increasingly turn to PP and PE grades to produce stand-up pouches and bags. Our Customers now can produce lighter packaging at lower cost.

Customers choose our products for the following reasons: competitive prices, easier processing of raw materials, easier to fill with content, easier to transport and lower transport costs, as compared to products made from traditional materials.

Other features include:

  • Enhanced stretching or shrinking capabilities.
  • Better thermal flexibility and resistance compared to paper or cardboard.
  • Higher impact resistance compared to glass, paper or cardboard.
  • Higher neutrality, i.e. lower chemical interaction, than metal cans.
  • Flexibility of design, giving a better ‘shelf presence’.
  • Resistance to intrusions.
  • Ease of handling.
  • Possibility of production in small or large quantities.

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