W.R. Grace & Co. has entered into an agreement with Dow
Chemical to develop new catalysts for polypropylene production,
officials said on Thursday.
The catalysts, which use one of Dows non-phthalate
internal donor technologies and Grace proprietary catalyst
expertise, will be sold by Grace under the HYAMPP
HYAMPP catalysts are non-phthalate catalysts with
industry-leading activity and performance benefits, and
represent sixth-generation technology.
They enable producers to make resins that improve the
performance of plastics, including better clarity, stiffness
and impact strength, providing a pathway to new applications
requiring more demanding properties that cannot be met by
current generation catalysts.
Customers can use the resins in a broad range of
applications such as films, high-performance pipe, automobile
parts, household appliances and household containers.
Grace expects to begin commercial production of the new
catalysts in 2012, it said.
We are continuously looking for ways to better meet
the needs of our customers and the end-users of their
products, said Tony Dondero, vice president and general
manager of Graces specialty catalysts and process
technologies product line.
This technology enables our customers to
produce new and advanced polypropylene products, including
stronger, clearer resins with improved processability while
also improving plant productivity, Dondero added.
Dow is continuously strengthening our ability to bring
enhanced technology to the polypropylene
market, said Tracy Cleckler, global commercial director
for Dow Licensing and Catalysts.
This agreement broadens Dows reach in the
polypropylene industry and aids manufacturers in their quest to
meet increasing global demand for premium, value-added
polypropylene products, Cleckler added.