Polymers

Repsol starts-up new pilot plant for its polycarbonate polyol

Repsol is developing a product for manufacturing a new type of polyol, polycarbonate polyol, which will partially replace its raw material, propylene oxide (a limited fossil resource) with the abundant and sustainable alternative, CO2.

IHS: Asia driving strong global demand for polyethylene

HOUSTON – Led by China and India, rising middle class consumers in Asia and elsewhere are driving increasing global demand for polyethylene, a key plastic, according to new research from IHS Markit. The world’s most used plastic, PE is essential for the production of numerous materials ranging from film for packaging and grocery bags, to detergent bottles and pipe for construction.

Braskem starts up new US polyethylene plant

LA PORTE, Texas – Braskem, the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas, announced the startup of its new UTEC Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) production plant at its La Porte, Texas site. Braskem sells high-performance UHMWPE under the trade name UTEC, developed and produced through Braskem's proprietary technologies.

PETRONAS Selects LyondellBasell technology for Malaysia project

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – LyondellBasell announced PRPC Polymers Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), has selected the LyondellBasell Hostalen “Advanced Cascade Process” technology.

thyssenkrupp signs agreement to build new PET production plant in Russia

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, a partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems, has signed an agreement with the Russian jointstock company Polyester Plant Ivanovo to build a new PET polymer and staple fibre production plant.

KBR, SOCAR JV awarded second program management contract in Azerbaijan

KBR, Inc.’s JV with SOCAR was awarded a second program management consultancy contract for the Azerikimya Production Union of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.

Saudi Aramco acquires Novomer’s polyol business and associated technologies

Saudi Aramco has acquired the Converge product line and associated operations and technologies from US-based Novomer Inc.

ExxonMobil introduces low viscosity Vistamaxx polymers to improve processing

ExxonMobil is introducing low viscosity Vistamaxx performance polymers that can be used to maintain or improve cycle times of injection molded or extruded applications.

INEOS O&P USA implements vertical integration strategy through WL Plastics acquisition

INEOS O&P USA has acquired 100% of the shares of WLP Holding Corp., one of the largest high density polyethylene pipe manufacturers in North America.

Grace to provide UNIPOL PP process technology and services at Braskem La Porte, TX facility

W. R. Grace & Co. will provide its UNIPOL PP process technology and services to Braskem America’s newest planned facility in La Porte, TX, which could begin operations in early 2019.