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Polyethylene (PE)

PE Material Properties and Applications

Polyethylene, or PE, is the most used plastic in the world, producing more than 100 million tons annually. A commodity material, its high performance and cost effectiveness give it broad appeal across industries and markets. This nonhygroscopic, opaque, semi-crystalline material can be processed by all thermoplastic methods. Besides its overall value and easy processability, additional attributes include strong resistance to moisture, low friction and good overall fatigue/wear resistance.

PE contains three main classifications:

  • Low-density polyethylene, or LDPE, is a very flexible material commonly used in plastic film applications such as grocery or trash bags. LDPE generally has low tensile strength but high ductility.
  • Linear low-density polyethylene, or LLDPE, is similar to LDPE except that it is created through a less energy-intensive production process.
  • High-density polyethylene, or HDPE, contains great strength, possesses a higher density and is an overall stiffer PE material. HDPE is commonly used in bottle packaging applications, crates, trays, bulk containers and is even in bulletproof vests.
Characteristics and Properties
  • Great impact strength
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • Good electrical insulator
  • Moisture resistance
  • High ductility
  • Good recyclability
Popular Applications
  • Food packaging, wrap and coatings
  • Shopping bags
  • Bottles
  • Containers
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Medical tubing
  • Wire and cable
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Large-volume consumer goods

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Polyethylene (PE)

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