Polyethylene Production Cost Analysis 2021

Polyethylene, which is also known as polythene, is the most typical plastic. It is primarily used in packaging like plastic films, plastic bags, geomembranes, and containers like bottles, among others. Polyethylene is generally a mixture of similar polymers of ethylene. It is a thermoplastic, although, it can become a thermoset plastic when modified like cross-linked polyethylene. Polyethylene is of low strength, hardness, and rigidity, but comes with high ductility and impact strength as well as low friction. It shows strong creep under persistent force; however, the addition of short fibres lowers this effect. It feels waxy in texture.

Polyethylene's comparably low melting point controls the industrial applicability of polyethylene. For typical industrial grades of medium- and high-density polyethylene, the melting point is generally somewhere in the range between 120°C to 180 °C, i.e., 248°F to 356°F. The melting point for average, industrial, low-density polyethylene is commonly somewhere between 105°C to 115 °C or between 221°F to 239 °F. 

Procurement Resource provides an in-depth cost analysis of Polyethylene production. The report incorporates the manufacturing process with detailed process and material flow, capital investment, operating costs along with financial expenses and depreciation charges. The study is based on the latest prices and other economic data available. We also offer additional analysis of the report with detailed breakdown of all cost components (Capital Investment Details, Production Cost Details, Economics for another Plant Location, Dynamic Cost Model).


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