Midland, MI -- The Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. has selected UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process Technology from The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) for its new 160 KTA polypropylene unit. The unit will provide polypropylene as part of Qinghai's integrated magnesium metal project to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
"We're excited to have Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. as a new licensee," said Tracy Cleckler, Global Commercial Director, Dow Polypropylene Licensing and Catalysts business. "The plastics market in China is expanding and this new license confirms the interest in using advanced polypropylene process and catalyst technology to produce differentiated resins for a variety of applications."
Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. license is eighth licensee of UNIPOL PP Technology overall in China. Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is the largest salt lake resources development enterprise and potassium chloride base in China with a wide range of products including potassium carbonate, potassium nitrate and potassium metal. As part of the magnesium metal project, it will utilize coal as feedstock to produce ethylene and propylene through coal gasification, and then use the ethylene and propylene as feedstock for the polypropylene unit.
"With UNIPOL PP Process Technology we are able to meet growing market demand for polypropylene in China," said the Project Director of polypropylene for Qinghai. "We have chosen UNIPOL because it's one of the licensors with the most advanced propylene process technology available and offers the ability to produce the broadest spectrum of products in the world."
Installation at Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is scheduled to start in 2012, with start-up expected in the second half of 2013.
Currently, there are 46 operating lines worldwide using UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Technology. The UNIPOL polypropylene process is an all gas-phase process for producing the broadest range of polypropylene resins. The simple design is consistent in terms of product quality and energy efficiency, requiring no equipment for handling, separating or recycling solvents. The system's fluidized-bed reactors and high performance CONSISTA™ Catalyst Systems and SHAC™ Catalyst Systems give manufacturers the flexibility to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
Resins produced by UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Technology from Dow account for 17 percent of global polypropylene output. Polypropylene is a versatile plastic used in packaging, durable goods, automotive parts, non-wovens, fibers and consumer applications.
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About Qinghai Salt Company Ltd.
Qinghai Salt Company Ltd. established in April, 2000 with its former body being Qinghai Salt Industrial Company in 1950, is a main body enterprise in Qinghai Province and it is an integrated company with salt production, transportation and marketing, and a state-appointed salt production enterprise that has been listed as one of the State Top One Hundred Enterprises in Salt Exploitation and Manufacture. Currently, there are more than 1,200 employees working for the company and the company consists of 5 propriety subsidiary companies, to share subsidiary companies and 3 straight subsidiary companies.