INEOS extends Grangemouth polypropylene grades

25 February 2008 19:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--INEOS Polyolefins said on Monday it will invest in random co-polymer technology on its liquid pool polypropylene (PP) unit at Grangemouth, Scotland.

By linking ethylene supply from its crackers to the PP unit, random co-polymer grades with a wide range of melt flow rates will be produced beginning in the third quarter 2008 for the blow moulding, packaging and medical sectors.

In early 2007, INEOS Polyolefins announced the 50,000 tonnes/year debottleneck of its liquid pool PP unit, raising its capacity to 285,000 tonnes/year.

“This investment has now been completed and has enabled the company to implement a further step-change in the asset's capability,” the company said in a statement.

As part of its development of the polyolefin platform at Grangemouth, INEOS Polyolefins said also intends to introduce swing capability on its 310,0000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant to produce high density polyethylene (HDPE) grades.

“This follows the recent development by INEOS Polyolefins of rotomoulding grades at Grangemouth and the appointment of ICO Polymers as its exclusive partner to distribute its range of advanced hexene co-monomer rotomoulding polymers,” the company said.

The HDPE injection moulding grades will be produced in addition to the existing LLDPE/medium density polyethylene (MDPE) grades and will complement the existing HDPE product range.

The company did not disclose the amount of the investments.

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By: Brian Ford
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