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LyondellBasell starts up fifth production line at PP compounding plant in Germany

October 11/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell has arted up a new, fifth production line at its polypropylene compounding plant in Knapsack, Germany capable of producing 25 kt/yr. With this, capacity of the Knapsack facility is over 200 kt/yr, making the site "the worlds largest polypropylene compounding facility", according to Plastemart.

Lightweight polypropylene materials produced by LyondellBasell are used in applications like automobiles and electrical appliances. The company said automotive OEMS are using the materials because it helps them to comply with European Commission rules on reducing CO2 emissions in new vehicle designs.

"Our polypropylene materials are helping to increase fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions by aiding in the light weighting of automobiles," Frank Noeltgen, Senior Director APS Business Europe, said in a statement. "The development of electric vehicles where components are needed for battery packs and under-the-hood applications is expected to support this trend."

The polypropylene compounding plant in Knapsack is operated by LyondellBasells Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) global business. 12 new jobs were created with the opening of the new line.

As MRC informed previously, in late September 2019, LyondellBasell has declared a force majeure on PP supplies from its Carrington, UK facility. The news could not be confirmed directly by the company while the reason for the force majeure was not disclosed at the time of press. LyondellBasells Carrington plant is able to produce 210,000 tons/year of PP.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, compounding, car components, electrical goods, LyondellBasell, UK, Germany, Russia.
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