Polyethylene Wax


HS Code 34049020
Alternative (Trade) Names PE WAX
Physical and Chemical Properties
Appearance Micro-sized particles or crystal sheets
Molecular Weight 10000-500 g/mol
Density 1-0.92 g/cm3
Penetration Index (at 77℉) 9-1 dmm
Viscosity (at 149℃) 5-100 cPs


Polyethylene wax also known as PE Wax, is a polymeric chemical that has excellent resistance to cold and heat, chemical resistance and coating resistance.

Demand for this polymer product has increased significantly (more than 4.75%) since 2017, and this trend is expected to continue until 2022. Polyethylene wax has physical and chemical properties that make it suitable for a wide range of industrial applications. Industrial applications include paper coatings, crayons, packaging, ink and leather peripherals. It is also used in the food industry as food additives and dyes.

The structure of polyethylene wax is composed of homopolymers or interpolymers with low molecular weight. These homopolymers are completely saturated, so polyethylene wax has a linear, crystalline structure. Therefore, it can be used in the production of rubber, plastic additives and polymer blenders. The crystalline nature of PE wax gives it unique properties such as hardness at high temperatures and low solubility in a wide range of organic solvents.


Application of Polyethylene Wax in water industry Polyethylene Wax in water industry is used to produce water and sewage pipes as well as pressurized gas pipes. This material is added as a layer to the pipe walls because it has very low permeability to water and thus keeps the pipes from eroding. Application of PE Wax in food industry In recent years, the export of food and fruits to different countries has grown significantly. Changes in food habbitation and the tendency to consume processed foods have led to the growth of the food packaging market. One of the materials used to increase the quality of packaging is PE Wax. Polyethylene Wax has properties such as thermal stability, chemical resistance and low solubility. These properties increase the shelf life and freshness of fruits and processed foods. Polyethylene waxes in combination with other waxes can be used to control dust and particles and microorganisms in fertilizers, agricultural products. These coating partially prevents the penetration of moisture. The World Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of wax coatings on the outer surface of fruits and vegetables, as well as their roots. For this purpose, to protect the outer surface and roots of fruits and vegetables, a thin coating layer is created to preserve their freshness. The other applications of PE Wax in agriculture is for cutting and also preserving the nutrients of seeds before planting. Application in Textile industries Polyethylene wax emulsions are commonly used in the textile industry as emollients or as liners. The gloss and elasticity of waxed and non-waxed fabrics are completely different. In wax fabrics, the holes made by the needle are softer and more comfortable. In this case, the stretch of the fabric is reduced and the tear of the fabric is reduced. The waxy fabric looks like a satin fabric. Application in the production of candles Polyethylene waxes with melting points in the temperature range of ℃ 55 to ℃ 65 are used to make candles. Polyethylene candles are soft and creamy and have excellent adhesion properties. These candles are available in different colors and crystallizations. Application in cosmetics industry Polyethylene Waxes can be widely used in the production of health and beauty products, especially skin care products. These health products include soaps, creams, lotions, and cosmetics. Polyethylene Wax Uses as Lubricants When cutting metals, the metal itself heats up due to friction and energy expenditure to deform the metal. The air around the cutting part has low thermal conductivity and is often effective for small, light cuts. In industrial applications where cutting is constantly done, these cuts generate a lot of heat. This high temperature can damage the metal pieces and the cutting machine. In these cases, lubricants can be used that greatly prevent heat generation while preventing surface friction. The nature of polyethylene wax is solid, so in the production of lubricants, the wax is converted to a liquid so that it can be easily used.

Safety tips

  • Should be stored in a cool, dry place (room temperature).
  • Due to the flammability of polyethylene wax, keep it away from flammable materials.
  • If exposed to hot materials, heat can cause polyethylene wax to burn.
  • Polyethylene wax is known as a safe substance and does not need a warning label if hygienic measures are followed.
  • Subcutaneous injection of this substance causes serious injuries.
  • Exhausted vapors / foams can irritate the respiratory tract if heated.