China's Tianjin Rentai starts up new polystyrene unit

04 January 2012 11:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Tianjin Rentai chemical started up its new 140,000 tonne/year polystyrene (PS) unit in Tianjin, China, on Wednesday, a company source said.

The unit will initially produce general purpose PS (GPPS) but it will go on to also produce high-impact PS (HIPS) once fully operational, the source added.

In China, PS is divided into GPPS and HIPS grades. GPPS is extensively used in the commodity field and HIPS is often used in car and appliance manufacturing.

Tianjin Dagu petrochemical‘s 500,000 tonne/year styrene monomer (SM) unit will supply the feedstock to Tianjin Rentai's PS facility, the source said.

The PS unit is a joint venture between Tianjin Rentai asset management Co Ltd and Tianjin Dagu petrochemical.

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By: Cindy Wu

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