27 June 2002 14:25 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--European polyolefins producer Basell announced Thursday the start-up of its new polypropylene (PP) plant in Tarragona, Spain.
Known as Tarragona PP III, the plant has a capacity of 260 000 tonne/year. It uses a process based on Novolen technology to manufacture a wide range of homopolymer and heterophasic copolymer grades.
Robert Genin, president of Basell Volume Business Europe, said: "Production from this state-of-the-art facility will enable Basell to better serve the needs of our customers in Europe and keep pace with the market demands of the region."
He added: "The addition of this new capacity is consistent with Basell’s commitment to a scrap and build policy with its manufacturing assets. This year we are shutting down or mothballing older, less efficient PP plants in Europe with a [total] capacity of 330 000 tonne/year. Now, with the European PP market making a comeback from the severe downturn in 2000 and 2001, we are pleased that this highly efficient new plant is onstream."
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