LyondellBasell opens US R&D centre for catalysts, process tech

30 September 2013 15:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell opened its Houston Technology Center in Channelview, Texas, which will develop process technologies and chemical catalysts for its intermediates and derivatives business, the company said on Monday.

The centre will focus on improving catalyst and process technologies to lower manufacturing costs, increase yields and reduce capital costs for new construction, the company said.

Proprietary technologies supported at the site include propylene oxide (PO), butanediol (BDO) and derivatives, glycols and glycol ethers, acetyls, olefins and solvents

The centre will support the company's Texas plants in Channelview, Bayport and La Porte; its Dutch plants in Botlek and Maasvlakte; its French plant in Fos-sur-Mer; and its Chinese joint venture in Ningbo.

The Channelview centre replaces one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which 22 people will relocate, LyondellBasell said.

"Having a research center for our intermediates business on the US Gulf coast in proximity to our manufacturing, commercial and engineering operations creates a critical mass that did not previously exist," according to a statement by Patrick Quarles, senior vice president of intermediates and derivatives. 

Other LyondellBasell research and development (R&D) centers include Cincinnati, Ohio, which focuses on polyolefin product application and development in North America; Frankfurt, Germany, for polyethylene (PE) and metallocene catalysts; and Ferrara, Italy, for polypropylene (PP) and Ziegler-Natta catalysts.

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