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Industry & Management

Structure and product offering Borealis is a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions. With more than 40 years of experience in polyolefins and using its unique Borstar® technology, the company focuses on providing plastic materials to the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, Borealis base chemical products include feedstock and olefins, phenol and aromatics as well as melamine and plant nutrients. The company’s production facilities, innovation centres and service centres work with customers in more than 120 countries to provide materials that make an essential contribution to society and sustainable development. With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, Central Europe’s leading oil and natural gas group. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and to leading the way in ‘Shaping the Future with Plastics’™. Flexible packaging - Borealis' raw materials guarantee excellent chemical-mechanical and optical properties. For blown films, in particular, various polymers are offered including LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE grades of polyethylene. For BOPP film, a homopolymer has been devised in combination with the various Borseal™ resins. The range also includes a broad choice of LDPE, HDPE and polypropylenes for extrusion coating applications. Specific grades for cast film complete the offering. Rigid packaging - Borealis has developed new grades for rigid packaging (blow- and injection moulding, heatforming), ideal for applications in the food, dairy and beverage sectors. Medical products - The Bormed® family of products comprises polyolefins specifically devised for the medical sector and formulated in controlled conditions according to the most stringent international standards. Capacitors - Borclean™ is a family of highly pure polypropylene homopolymers for the production of condenser-films. These polymers stand out for their ultra-low levels of impurity and residue. Fibre - Thanks to technologies and solutions such as Borstar® and Borflow™, Borealis proposes state-of-the-art materials for the production of non-woven fabrics and fibres.

industry. We have an extensive and rigorous quality control system that stretches along the entire production process and supply chain. We are committed to a project that has the objective of producing pure polymers, eliminating traces of contaminants as much as possible. This is what the market wants, and this is what we are doing.

CLOSE TO ITALY Supported by exclusive technological and product knowhow, Borealis is making a determined effort to build up its presence and support the Italian market, demonstrating that it has understood the specific needs of Italian converters.

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sformatori del Bel Paese. «Secondo in Europa dopo quello tedesco, il mercato italiano - rileva Thompson - rappresenta una sfida avvincente, che noi affrontiamo con un mix adeguato di diversi gradi di LDPE, HDPE, cast e così via. Borealis riesce a seguire il mercato italiano con l’attenzione dovuta, grazie anche alla vicinanza geografica dei due stabilimenti produttivi di Schwechat (Austria, vicino a Vienna) e Burghausen (in Germania fra Monaco di Baviera e l’austriaca Salisburgo). La loro prossimità ai confini italiani si traduce infatti in tempi di consegna ridotti, minor impatto dei costi del trasporto e, in termini generali, un servizio migliore». A Schwechat, in particolare, Borealis produce circa un milione di tonnellate di poliolefine, e dispone di due impianti di po-

«Second in importance in terms of size in Europe, the Italian market Thompson reveals - is an exciting challenge which we support with an appropriate polyolefin product mix such as LDPE, HDPE and cast PP grades. Borealis is well positioned to serve the Italian market thanks to the geographic proximity of its two manufacturing sites in Schwechat (Austria, close to Vienna) and Burghausen (Germany, between Munich and Salzburg, Austria), resulting in reduced delivery times, lower transport costs and, in general terms, better service». At Schwechat in particular, Borealis produces around a million tonnes of polyolefins and has two PP plants, one Borstar® PE, three for LDPE

lipropilene, uno per il PE Borstar®, tre per l’LDPE e un’unità per il compounding. A Burghausen operano invece un impianto per il PP e uno per l’HDPE». Sempre in Austria, a Linz, è attivo uno dei tre Centri dell’Innovazione, destinato a diventare dal 2011 il sito internazionale di riferimento per la Ricerca & Sviluppo di Borealis. «Al momento, stiamo cercando circa 50 laureati in materie scientifiche, con le competenze e le qualifiche giuste, interessati a lavorare a Linz e ci aspettiamo un contributo importante da tecnici e ingegneri italiani. Di fatto, stiamo dando vita nel cuore dell’Europa a una comunità cosmopolita, capace di raccogliere i migliori cervelli per studiare e sviluppare materiali innovativi per il packaging. Borealis continua anche a investire in diverse iniziative ad hoc con università e centri di ricerca indipendenti. Un esempio è la collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Milano (Facoltà di Agraria), che coinvolge alcuni studenti su nuove applicazioni nel campo del confezionamento alimentare. Insomma - conclude Thompson - emerge chiaramente come il nostro obiettivo “di disegnare il futuro con la plastica” possa essere raqgiunto con i prodotti innovativi realizzati grazie agli sforzi congiunti di scienziati e partner industriali. Insomma, tecnologia, scienza e industria, insieme, possano dare risposte sempre più convincenti a tutta la società». ■

and a compounding unit. Burghausen hosts a PP plant as well as an HDPE plant. In Linz, Austria, one of Borealis’ three Innovation Centres is undergoing a major expansion, destined to become the company’s main international site for research and development by 2011. «At the moment, we are looking for around 50 graduates in science subjects who are suitably qualified and interested to join us in Linz. We expect an important contribution from Italian technicians and engineers. In fact, we are setting up a cosmopolitan community in the heart of Europe, capable of bringing together the best brains to study and develop innovative materials for

packaging. Borealis is also continuing to invest in various ad hoc undertakings with universities and independent research centres. One example is the company’s collaboration with the Department of Food Science and Microbiology from the National University of Milan, which involves students working on new applications in the field of food packaging. «To sum it all up - Thompson concludes - our objective clearly emerges, that “Shaping the Future with Plastics” can be achieved with innovative new products designed via the combined efforts of our scientists and our industrial partners. And as a result, we make a ■ major contribution to society».

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