Household and Industrial Chemicals

Tough Enough to Resist Breakage and Chemical Exposure

Proper containers are critical for keeping consumers, especially children and pets, safe from home chemicals.1 Accidental breakage not only wastes the product but also creates hazards if improperly cleaned or if it makes contact with other nearby products, people, or pets.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused demand for protective products such as household chemicals to skyrocket as consumers armed themselves against the virus. Because of its stiffness, chemical resistance, and breakage resistance, polymers like high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are on the frontlines of increased sanitation efforts.

In response to market demand, plastics blow molders strained to ramp up operations and keep up with consumer and business needs. After navigating a tumultuous year, 2021 brought its own challenges as the virus remained a relevant market force, and Winter Storm Uri rocked the Gulf Coast, causing a shortage of PE.

The last year highlighted the importance of reliable PE supply and supplier diversification to ebb and flow with the market and consumer demands.

Some Examples of Household & Industrial Chemical Products

Bulk Detergent Bottles

A billion-dollar market, rigid bulk laundry2 and dish detergent3 bottles have seen some minor design changes over the years. To this day, extrusion blow-molded bottles made of HDPE remain the industry norm. Not only does HDPE create a durable container for the potentially hazardous contents, but the material itself also doesn’t interact with the products, helping it stay fresh longer.

Household Chemical Containers

A fast-growing market at a CAGR of 4.97%4, household chemicals require durable packaging that protects both the contents and the user during the product’s entire lifecycle. Due to its erosion-resistant qualities, light weight, and higher potential for recycling, plastics have long been the preferred material choice for household cleaning chemicals.

Automotive Chemical Containers

The automotive chemicals sector requires packaging that is safe for the user to handle and protects the molecular integrity of the product. Estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% through 20275, the demand for containers that meet the above criteria will only continue to increase.

Intermediate Bulk Containers

Growing at a CAGR of 6.2%6, plastic intermediate bulk containers (IBC) are another growing application for polyethylene. Used to store and transport bulk liquids, powders, or solids, IBCs made of HDPE are often used to transport hazardous materials in industrial applications. Rigid plastic is durable enough to withstand transportation by forklift and other heavy machinery while still keeping the contents safe inside.

High-Quality Pellets for Household & Industrial Chemical Applications

When containing hazardous materials, being confident in the quality of your end product and the resin used to make it is critical to success in the market. That’s why Shell Polymers has taken extra measures to ensure our final product is on-spec for each application.

We will accomplish this through our state-of-the-art analytical lab, which our team of experienced polymer scientists will use to ensure lot-to-lot consistency in each batch of produced resin. Since it's being built from the ground up, our labs will be stocked with the latest testing equipment, so that we can conduct the highest level of quality control for our resin. Our technical service team can run resin qualification on our commercial-sized PE conversion equipment in the applications hall, further ensuring it will work on your plant's similar machines.

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Technical Expertise for Converting PE Into Chemical Containers

Francisco Alvarez

Francisco Alvarez, Senior Technical Service Engineer

Senior Technical Service Engineer, Blow Molding and Injection Molding

An industry veteran, Francisco is an experienced chemical engineer and a certified project management professional. He has spent over 25 years in the polymers industry, imparting technical support globally to both converters and to Polypropylene and Polyethylene resin producers. He has also developed new polymer additives and formulations for PP and PE, (performance enhancement and nucleating agents) for which he achieved two R&D 100 Awards and several patents.

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Michael Misco

Michael Misco, Technical Service Engineer, Blow Molding

Technical Service Engineer, Blow Molding

A member of the Shell Polymer team since 2018, Michael has nearly 10 years of experience supporting extrusion blow molding processes for new production line start-ups and leading R&D programs for new technology. During his tenure at a global leader in plastic packaging, he developed and led a focused continuous improvement team into high risk, high demand production lines, and worked on overall improvements and fine-tuning of in-line processes.

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Elliot Carnavale

Elliot Carnavale, Technical Service Engineer

Technical Service Engineer, Injection Molding

A member of the Shell Polymer team since 2018, Elliot has nearly 10 years of experience helping customers innovate in the injection molding, extrusion, and thermoforming industries. During this time, he focused much of his effort on customer-centric development programs, for which he was recently granted his second patent for a novel polyolefin composition. In addition to his role in supporting customers, Elliot represents Shell Polymers and supports the plastics industry through board positions with the American Injection Molding Institute, Penn State Behrend, and the Society for Plastics Engineers.

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