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Nalgene Revamps HDPE Bottle Line

Nearly 40 years since its introduction, Nalgene gives its classic HDPE line a modern twist with new colors and designs

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 12, 2007) – Nalgene® Outdoor Products, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and the leading hydration and storage container brand, today unveils three new vibrant high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles. New bottle colors include red and orange, both adorned with Nalgene’s original, retro logo. In addition, the new collection will offer a commemorative spring green bottle as part of Nalgene’s partnership with Brita® and the FilterForGoodâ„¢ campaign (

The HDPE collection also will include the children’s Grip-n-Gulp and mini-grip bottles, with plans to expand the line further in 2008.

HDPE is one of the most sturdy and reliable plastics on the market today and makes a great choice for those looking for an alternative to polycarbonate plastic, glass and disposable bottles and containers. HDPE was the basis for the original Nalgene bottle introduced in the 1970s and was the catalyst for making hands-on water bottles a ubiquitous hydration tool among outdoor enthusiasts. The Nalgene bottle has grown to become an important staple among consumers; carrying a Nalgene is a badge of personal style and lifestyle.

“The introduction of the new HDPE line represents changing demands in the marketplace,” said Eric Hansen, senior marketing manager, Nalgene Outdoor Products. “Not everyone needs the legendary durability of polycarbonate. The new line gives consumers a choice in the type of plastic that’s right for them, all with the quality and style they’ve come to expect from Nalgene.”

Today, the Nalgene product line offers more than five different types of plastics used in multiple products, boasting the industry’s largest Made in the USA bottle and container collection on the market. HDPE is a great alternative for people who prefer a lightweight, reliable and reusable bottle. The plastic resists UV penetration, is dishwasher safe and withstands temperatures from -148°F to 248°F. All Nalgene products are Made in the USA and are subjected to rigorous quality testing.

The HDPE bottle is just one example of Nalgene’s breadth of line and variety of plastics. The company is committed to bringing new, exciting products to market. “For the past two years, we’ve been working with our resin suppliers to find alternative materials without compromising our commitment to make the best quality and longest lasting products available,” said Hansen.

About NALGENE Outdoor
NALGENE Outdoor Products, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., is based in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of the first plastic pipette holder, the company soon expanded its product line to include state-of-the-art polyethylene labware under the NALGENE brand. By the 1970s, outdoor enthusiasts had discovered the taste- and odor-resistant, leakproof and rugged properties of NALGENE’s large selection of plastic containers. In response to this emerging demand, the NALGENE Consumer Products Division was formed. For more information, contact NALGENE Consumer Products or visit our website at

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With an annual revenue rate of more than $9 billion, we employ 30,000 people and serve over 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. Serving customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific, we help solve analytical challenges from routine testing to complex research and discovery. Thermo Scientific offers customers a complete range of high-end analytical instruments as well as laboratory equipment, software, services, consumables and reagents to enable integrated laboratory workflow solutions. Fisher Scientific provides a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in healthcare, scientific research, safety and education. Together, we offer the most convenient purchasing options to customers and continuously advance our technologies to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, enhance value for customers and fuel growth for shareholders and employees alike. Visit