High Density Polyethylene


LyondellBasell's high density polyethylene (HDPE) grades address numerous end-use requirements that at one time were only achievable by using metal, glass and fiber.

HDPE is used in numerous customer applications:

  • Grocery merchandise and trash bags
  • Containers for frozen food and dairy products
  • Caps and closures
  • Liners for cereal, crackers and other food packaging
  • Plastic fuel tanks
  • Drink cups, dairy crates and bread trays
  • Toys and pails for items from paint to fresh produce

HDPE is also used to produce safety equipment, including hard hats; home insulation; bottles for milk, juice, household/industrial chemicals and motor oil; large (rotomolded) tanks for storage of agricultural and lawn care chemicals; and pressure pipe and sheet applications.


  • Density > 0.940 g/cm³
  • High stiffness
  • High crystallinity
  • High impact strength even at low temperatures
  • Good tensile strength
  • Lowest permeability of all polyethylene
  • Chemical and grease resistance
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Opaque
  • Lightweight and shatter-resistant

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