AFPM ’12: US could learn from other countries' 'clusters' - AFPM

02 April 2012 01:33  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--The US could take a different approach to manufacturing by developing efficient clusters of production and other assets, similar to those seen in other parts of the world, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) officials said on Sunday.

The association sees the development of shale gas and liquids processing as the prime opportunity to make a “collaborative and concerted effort” to enhance domestic manufacturing, vice president Jim Cooper said at an AFPM International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) press conference. “We need to approach this holistically,” he added.

AFPM is establishing a multidisciplinary task force of members to investigate what links might be made between feedstock providers, petrochemical producers and downstream converters and others to enhance the development of efficient manufacturing where shale gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) are likely to be abundant.

The first task force will be active in the northeastern US in Philadelphia. An internal AFPM cluster task force has been headed by TPC’s senior vice president of corporate development, Eugene Allspach.

AFPM believes that a different mode of manufacturing might be appropriate to the US to ensure that full advantage is taken of competitively priced NGLs to produce olefins and downstream chemicals.

Production efficiencies have been achieved through the co-location of manufacturing plants and the clustering of activities in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands, in Europe, in the Middle East and in China, Cooper said.

Hosted by the AFPM, the IPC continues through Tuesday.

By: Nigel Davis
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