Shandong Shenda Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. (Shenda), has selected UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process Technology from The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) for its new 200 KTA methanol-based polypropylene plant to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
"We're honored Shenda chose UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology for this project," said Tracy Cleckler, Global Commercial Director, Dow Polypropylene Licensing and Catalysts Business. "With an ever changing market, the UNIPOL Polypropylene Process enables our customers to build and operate facilities capable of producing a full range of performance polypropylene products."
With Dow's first six licenses to state-owned entities in China, Shandong Shenda Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., is the first private company licensee in that country and the seventh licensee of UNIPOL PP Process Technology overall. Shenda is a private company and now controlled by Legend Holdings Limited, located in Tengzhou City, Shandong Province, P.R.C. Legend Holdings is a parent subsidiary structure with business in several industries in China including its well-known IT business.
"We are excited to contribute to the growing polypropylene market in China with UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology at our Shandong facility," said Mr. Shao Bo, General Manager of Shenda. "With this technology, Dow is giving us the opportunity to offer a variety of polypropylene resins to convertors in China and around the globe."
There are currently 46 operating lines worldwide using UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology from Dow Performance Plastics Licensing and Catalysts. The UNIPOL Polypropylene Process is an all gas-phase process for producing the broadest range of polypropylene resins. It's 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.
"We are working to help our customers meet the market needs in Asia by providing the lowest total investment and operating costs. This latest license will further address the growing demand for polypropylene the region," said Cleckler.
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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