TPC Group has commenced engineering to expand production
capacity of polyisobutylene (PIB), the US-based company said on
TPC, formerly known as Texas Petrochemical, uses proprietary
technology to produce both highly
reactive PIB (HR-PIB) products, which are used in lubricant and
fuel additives, and PIB products for conventional applications
such as adhesives, caulks, sealants, and coatings.
TPC says its technology is unique in that it can
produce both types of products in a wide range of molecular
weights within the same unit.
The need for expansion is driven by the growing
demand for HR-PIB due to upcoming changes in the technical
standards for lubricating oils that favor use of HR-PIB based
dispersants, as well as an increasing demand for the wide
variety of other end uses, including automotive sealants and
industrial lubricants, according to the company.
"TPC Group is committed to maintaining its position as the
premier supplier of PIB in North America," said CEO Michael
McDonnell. "As the leading merchant producer of PIB, we are
focused on meeting the needs of our customers for high quality
products delivered through our extensive logistics
"We back our commitment to our customers with the security of
multiple production units and multiple sources of feedstock supply, including our own
isobutylene production unit targeted for startup in 2014."
TPC Group first entered the polyisobutylene market in
May 2000 with the startup of its patented process to produce a
wide range of PIB products.
Since that time, the company has grown significantly through
multiple expansions to become the largest
producer in North America. TPC supplies the market from its
Houston production facility as well as product terminals in
Houston and near Chicago.