Polyethylene (PE) is a very light material and one of the most prevalent materials in our daily life, accounting for 40% of the total volume of plastics produced worldwide. This material has a high resistance to chemical agents and is resistant to water, saline solutions, acids, alkalis, alcohol and gasoline.
Polyethylene does not absorb water or liquids, and can in fact only be broken down by oxidising acids such as nitric acid, sulfuric acid and halogens. Due to its non-toxic properties and low water absorption, it is widely used in the food industry.
It is normally used within a temperature range of - 40°C to 80°C. This material is easy to weld but difficult to bond, and is characterised by high impact resistance (even at low temperatures) and a low coefficient of friction, with excellent non-stick properties.
The use of PE is widespread in the mechanical, chemical, electrical, packaging, gardening, automotive and food industries.