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WR Grace buys Dow polypropylene catalysts unit

12.02.2013  | 

The acquisition includes the UNIPOL polypropylene process technology and makes Grace the second largest polypropylene licensor in the world based on the company's installed capacity.


WR Grace & Co. has completed the previously-announced acquisition of Dow Chemical's polypropylene licensing and catalysts business for a cash total of $500 million, the company said on Monday.

The acquisition includes the UNIPOL polypropylene process technology and makes Grace the second largest polypropylene licensor in the world based on installed capacity.

“The UNIPOL brand and the capabilities it represents are highly respected in the marketplace, and we are committed to strengthening that position,” said Grace CEO Fred Festa. 

“We look forward to communicating our expanded capabilities and full portfolio of products and services to our customers and the broader global marketplace," he added. "We’re pleased to welcome a very talented team to Grace.”

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Parimal Chakraborty

I have a querry whether M/s WRG has any plan to work on existing Dow's unipol technology to improve the monomer efficinecy ( TMR ) by better monomer recovery at Vent gas recovery system. In particular for Ethylene recovery in VGR during Impact co-polymer making. Sometimes a best figure of 1.004 - 1.005 of TMR for ICP shown by a few licensees. There is a school of thought that such excellent figures may be more of measurement issues rather than performance of equipments & technology. Your valued inputs on above issues will be appreciated..

Parimal Chakraborty

WRG is a very globally respected name in the field of catalyst and chemicals . But with the acquisition of Dow's PP licensing technology and catalyst & Donor technology - I have few curiosities to know as to

How M/s WRG manages the trials of new Process development or product developments ? Did the aquisition included the Dow's PP pilot plant also ? How WRG manages commercial trials to optimize the process or product before offering to Licensees ? As the Sea Drift Plant and other plant at Germany are probably acquired by M/s Braskens.

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