Bruehl/Germany | December 10, 2012

MAUSER Launches New Multilayer Plastic Tight Head Drum for Healthcare Applications

MAUSER Group, a worldwide leading company in industrial packaging, is presenting a new plastic tight head drum, specifically designed to meet packaging needs in the healthcare industry and similar highly regulated branches with special requirements on packaging material conformity and cleanliness. The new MAUSER L-Ring Drum H-CareTM is the first industrial plastic packaging derived from the close cooperation between MAUSER and petrochemical company SABIC on the development of a new HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) material for large blow-moulded packaging solutions in the healthcare market.

Having been developed in its basic design almost two decades ago, the one piece blow-moulded 220 liter L-Ring Drum PLUS has become an industrial standard, well known as a highly reliable packaging solution in multiple industries. Continuous development in design, accessories, processing technology and raw materials make it an on-going story of success. From cost/performance optimized "fit for purpose" to high performance PG I approved specialities, the MAUSER portfolio on plastic tight head drums today covers multiple needs from various industries. With the new L-Ring Drum H-CareTM MAUSER adds another high-end benchmark to its European product portfolio, specifically addressing the needs of industries with extra high requirements on packaging and packaging materials regulatory conformity.

Making use of MAUSER’s sophisticated multilayer drum machine technology, the inner layer of L-Ring Drum H-CareTM is made from a new HDPE material, developed by SABIC in close cooperation with MAUSER. This material for the first time provides full EU and US pharmacopoeia compliance with a HDPE material suitable for large blow moulding applications. Besides high material standards, end customers benefit from more security in terms of investments and costs related to packaging regulatory approval processes, as SABIC offers a long-term upfront notification of 18 months on any product changes and 24 months supply security in case of product withdrawal.

"The new grade of HDPE, SABIC just recently developed in cooperation with us, is another important milestone in our efforts to continuously drive raw material developments for use in industrial packaging," says Klaus-Peter Schmidt, Head of Global Product Development and Sustainability Management at MAUSER Group. "With our new L-Ring Drum H-CareTM, we are able to offer a particularly reliable packaging solution for customers with very high regulatory requirements, such as in the food or healthcare industry. The H-CareTM Drum is our first product launch making use of this new HDPE developed by SABIC. Certainly, we targeted not only drum applications in specific but also other large blow moulding packaging from the beginning of our development cooperation. We are looking forward to expand our business in this area."

The MAUSER L-Ring Drum H-CareTM is UN-approved for transportation of dangerous goods. It comes with full global and specific migration testing required for EU and US food contact compliance and is produced under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards. For optimum traceability and transport cleanliness each drum is marked individually and packed into a PE-bag.

The new MAUSER L-Ring Drum H-CareTM is available with immediate effect.

About MAUSER Group
MAUSER Group is a worldwide leading producer of industrial packaging with approx. 4,000 employees and consolidated revenue of some EUR 1 billion. Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Bruehl near Cologne (Germany), the company has influenced the international market through innovative packaging technologies. The portfolio for customers in the chemical, agrochemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical sectors as well as in the food and beverage industries includes plastic packaging, fiber drums, steel drums, Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC), and reconditioning services through the National Container Group (NCG), a MAUSER subsidiary. MAUSER therewith provides sustainability-oriented full cycle services - from production to recycling ("ECO-CYCLE®"). With 60 MAUSER/NCG sites and multiple Joint Ventures in Europe, the Americas and Asia plus two licensee networks for plastic and steel packaging, the company is a presence around the globe.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 29.24 billion (US$ 7.80 billion) in 2011. Sales revenues for 2011 totaled SR 189.90 billion (US$ 50.64 billion). Total assets stood at SR 332.78 billion (US$ 88.74 billion) at the end of 2011.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

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