The Shaw Group said Monday that it formed an exclusive
alliance with Total Petrochemicals to jointly market and
license Totals polystyrene technology on a worldwide basis.
The alliance is based on a licensing cooperation agreement
recently signed by the two companies.
Polystyrene, a standard plastic, is principally used in
packaging, domestic appliances and electronics.
Shaw has had a similar alliance with Total Petrochemicals for styrene monomer,
the primary feedstock for polystyrene, for 15
Shaw will assist both existing licensees and potential
new clients in development projects for new polystyrene
manufacturing facilities and modernizations to existing facilities all over the world,
said James Glass, president of Shaws energy and chemicals
In addition to marketing the technology, we look forward to
bringing our expertise with basic engineering packages and
engineering, procurement and construction services to these projects, Glass added.
Total Petrochemicals polystyrene
technology produces both general purpose polystyrene, a rigid
and transparent material used in applications such as
insulation and packaging (transparent containers and boxes),
and high impact polystyrene, a tough colored plastic used, for
example, in dairy packaging, electronics and refrigeration
With more than 45 years of polystyrene manufacturing,
licensing and research and development experience, Total is a
global producer of polystyrene with production facilities in Europe, the Far East and Pacific Rim
and US, officials said.
The company has a worldwide production capacity of 1,580
kilo tons per annum (kTA) including the largest single
production unit in the world (230 kTA) located in Carville,
The polystyrene technology has been used in the
design of more than 45 polystyrene production units located on
25 sites in 20 countries around the world for a global capacity
of 2,500 kTA.