Plastics complements our lives
Plastics complements our lives. Plastic products are, for example, used in the food industry, in construction and medicine and even in decoration and art. Such a product is, among others, polyethylene. Polyethylene (PE) is one of the most widely used plastic materials in the world with an annual production of about 80 million tons. PE has a wide range of applications in different industries, segments of business and life and countless everyday items.
Polyethylene is most widely used in the manufacture of packaging films for food, pharmaceuticals, textile and other products (from simple plastic bags to so called shrink-wrap foils which, under the use of heat, shrink and conform to whatever item is underneath). Polyethylene is also used in the manufacture of various household boxes and containers, bags, large industrial containers, inner liners for shipping and cargo vessels, water-supply and other pipes, for wire and cable coating and electric insulation, for the impregnation of textile fibres and paper, as polyethylene fibres etc.
We use polyethylene to pack food and extend its expiration date. Through polyethylene pipes drinking water reaches all segments of the population. Polyethylene implants are used in artificial hips and knees and in the manufacture of tubes for laboratories and hospitals. Polyethylene is used for anti-scratch car coating.
But regardless of its wide range of useful applications, plastics have a reputation of something less valuable and of low quality, but accessible and affordable. Adjectives such as nice, interesting, of high-quality or valuable are today rarely associated with plastics. The real problem with plastics is, however, not its purpose or disposability, but rather our irresponsibility and poor handling of used plastic items.
High quality from the Krk factory
The former low-density polyethylene plant (LDPE) started production in 1984 within Dina Petrokemija and was based on the technology licensed by Dow Chemical, USA. The most recent investment in the plant took place in 2010 when production increased to 105,000 tons per year. This investment made the existing polyethylene plant one of the most modern in Europe. The low-density polyethylene (LDPE) produced by Dina Petrokemija was marketed under the trade name DINALEN, and actually consisted of white pellets/granulate (3X3 mm). It was present on foreign markets and had a reputation as a product of exceptional quality until the plant unfortunately ceased production in 2011.
Adria Polymers and Polyethylene
Despite being in shutdown, the polyethylene plant is adequately conserved and will, with little energy and investment, now as part of the new industrial park, put the island of Krk and Croatia back on the world map of manufacturers of this valuable product which makes our life better and more enjoyable. Prosperity can be achieved in the Croatian industry as well, but with the right solutions, the right vision and the application of the right energy. Our future demands cleaner energy and sustainable industrial development.