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Borealis was recently awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Europe Product Leadership Award in the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Cable Insulation Market.


Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions, was presented with the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Europe Product Leadership Award in HVDC Cable Insulation Market during an awards banquet in London on September 29, 2011.


The Product Leadership Award is a prestigious recognition of Borealis’ accomplishments in the HVDC cable insulation market, where Borealis has played a pioneering role by introducing crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) based insulation compound Borealis Superclean™ LE4253DC. As a result of its high electrical breakdown properties, Superclean™ LE4253DC brings performance reliability improvements to HVDC cables.


The compound offers the right balance between space charge accumulation, conductivity and DC breakdown strength and allows cost effective manufacturing in conventional CV lines. HVDC cables made with LE4253DC/LE0550DC from Borealis are qualified and meet Cigré recommendations.


Marc Hubert, Vice President for Borealis Wire & Cable comments, “Borealis is the only company with a track record of 45 years of experience in developing and manufacturing XLPE and supplying compounds for HVDC XLPE cables for more than ten years. The Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award confirms that Borealis maintains its continued focus on innovation to meet market demands.”


The Frost & Sullivan Research Team benchmarked Borealis’ new product against key competitors across a number of criteria, including innovation, product quality, features and functionality, product acceptance in the marketplace and customer value enhancements.


According to the Frost & Sullivan report, the market has slowly witnessed a shift from traditional mass impregnated paper (MIP) insulation to much more advanced extruded polymeric insulation systems based on XLPE.

This has been possible only because of extensive focus on understanding the end application as well as continuous product development to meet the customer’s exact requirement. The main challenge for the market participants has been in adapting the products to be used on conventional cable production lines for HVDC applications.


“Borealis, through its in-depth understanding of the HVDC cable application, as well as concrete focus on developing products specifically to match the unmet needs of their customers, has consolidated its leading position in the future. Cables manufactured with Superclean™ LE 4253 DC XLPE insulation ensure faster installation, lower electric losses, higher operating temperature, improved transmission reliability and have a lower environmental impact compared to traditionally used insulation systems,”

says Deepak Karthikeyan, Senior Research Analyst, Chemicals, Materials and Foods, Frost & Sullivan.


Marc Hubert concludes, “The HVDC cable insulation market continues to develop with high growth expected in the future. We are already working on the next generation compounds to meet future market needs for HVDC.”



Marc Hubert, Borealis Vice President of Wire & Cable, accepts award from Gary Jeffery, Partner, Director of Operations UK, Frost & Sullivan


Superclean™ XLPE cable


For further information about Borealis please contact:

Dorothea Wiplinger, External Communications Manager

Tel. +43 1 22 400 608,

Borealis and Borouge Business Units Wire & Cable

Borealis is the world’s leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the wire and cable industry. Our solutions are customer-driven and designed to satisfy the industry’s continuously evolving demands for higher technical performance. They can be found in the most challenging extra high voltage (EHV) and high voltage (HV) cable applications, as well as medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) energy transmission and distribution cables, building wires, and communications cables. In answer to the need for production, installation and cable-system lifetime enhancements, we create the innovation links that secure world-class, step-changing solutions and benefit the whole wire and cable value chain.

About Borealis and Borouge

Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,100 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,600 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.

Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their experience in polyolefins of more than 50 years, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizers to phenol and acetone.

Today, Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne capacity expansion in Abu Dhabi. The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.

Borouge and Borealis are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the World™ initiative.

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Superclean and Water for the World are trademarks of the Borealis group.

Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.

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