Polymers from Slovnaft are also used in production of health protective equipment

  • In the production of protective equipment for healthcare, to limit the spread of COVID-19, polymers from Slovnaft are also used
  • these are used in the manufacture of face masks, protective clothing or syringes
  • petrochemical products are supplied by the company to the domestic market and abroad

Bratislava, April 29th, 2020 - In response to the proliferation of coronavirus, the demand for health protection has increased significantly this year. In their manufacture, polymers from Slovnaft are also used. Polypropylene and polyethylene from Bratislava refinery are suitable for the production of protective equipment against the spread of the disease COVID-19.

Slovnaft manufactures both types of polymers in the form of granules – small plastic balls. From these a wide range of products is produced, from packaging materials, toys, household and garden items to protective equipment. On the basis of customer requirements, experts in the company can advise which type of polymer is suitable for the desired product.

For example, in the production of protective equipment for healthcare and products intended for medical and pharmaceutical applications, the high chemical and mechanical purity of polymers is important as well as their consistent quality. Polymers must be free from unnecessary chemical additives, odorless and shall not contain any mechanical impurities. Their quality must comply with the legislation applicable to healthcare, for example the European Pharmacopoeia.

Polypropylene from Slovnaft is used by customers for the manufacture of non-woven textiles, from which medical protective equipment is subsequently produced: protective face masks, disposable protective clothing or components of respirators. Polyethylene and polypropylene have widespread use as packaging materials for pharmaceutical products.

The combination of polyethylene and polypropylene purchachers produce syringes and laboratory accessories for tests.

For the domestic market, Slovnaft adds roughly sixth of its production, the rest is exported abroad. The refinery covers demand in a radius of 1000 kilometres from Bratislava. The granules are to be exported packaged in bags or in cisterns. The largest customers are Germany, Poland and Hungary, the company exports to the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Ukraine, and the Balkan peninsula.

Products from polymers produced by Slovnaft and used in healthcare

Polypropylene - TATREN Non-woven textile products: face masks, disposable medical suits, respirators ' components
Other products: pill packaging, laboratory bowls, measuring cups, vials
Polyethylene – BRALEN+ Packaging: foils, bags of different sizes, flaskets, tubes, lids, caps


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