Canadian Plastics

Consumers demand stain resistance; resin delivers

Rubbermaid Home Products knew that the next generation of food storage containers needed to meet certain consumer demands in order to be successful. First, and most importantly, they had to be stain r...

March 1, 2003   Canadian Plastics



Rubbermaid Home Products knew that the next generation of food storage containers needed to meet certain consumer demands in order to be successful. First, and most importantly, they had to be stain resistant — especially to the unsightly stains that come from tomato-based food products. They had to be durable and virtually unbreakable. They had to be microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Rubbermaid set out to solve the staining problem. “Our research and development led us to the discovery that a custom formulation of a Xylex resin from GE Plastics was stain resistant, and that this new resin also had the…other important properties we wanted our new product to have,” said Robert Peterson, vice-president of R&D, Rubbermaid Home Products.

Both the lids and bases of the Stain Shield line are made with Xylex resin, plus the lids feature a flexible, rubber-like seal.

“We are thrilled with Rubbermaid’s discovery,” said Sherry Dick, General Manager, Global Crystalline Products for GE Plastics. “Xylex is a unique material in that it combines clarity, strength, excellent chemical resistance, and the ability for the designer to create an aesthetically appealing product. Stain Shield container technology is a terrific innovation and we are delighted that Xylex resin technology is a part of it.”

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In addition to housewares, Xylex resin can be used in a wide range of applications, including consumer electronics (cell phone and small appliances), sporting goods, and automotive interiors. Xylex resin is also available in a variety of colors and in several of GE Plastics’ exciting Visualfx resin finishes.

GE Polymerland Canada Inc. 888-752-7842


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