WR Grace, Dow to collaborate on new catalysts for polypropylene production

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 Dow’s non-phthalate internal donor technologies and Grace proprietary catalyst expertise, will be sold by Grace under the HYAMPP brand.

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 Grace’s 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 Dow’s reach in the polypropylene industry and aids manufacturers in their quest to meet increasing global demand for premium, value-added polypropylene products,” Cleckler added.

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