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Arkema successfully starts up a new acrylic acid reactor in the United States

October 24/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arkema successfully brought on stream a new 90,000-ton acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site to support the growth of its North American customers in the superabsorbents, paints, adhesives and water treatment markets, said the company.

Arkema has successfully brought on stream, and on schedule, a new 90,000-ton per year acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site.

Equipped with the latest production technologies, this new reactor replaces two decommissioned reactors of 45,000 tons each.

This investment of approximately USD90 million positions Clear Lake as one of the most competitive acrylic acid sites in the United States.

This new capacity will enable the Group to support the growth of its North American customers in markets such as superabsorbents, paints and coatings, adhesives, and polymers for water treatment and enhanced oil and gas recovery.  This expansion consolidates Arkemas position as the second largest producer of acrylic acid in the region.

As it was infromed earlier, Arkema is to divest its Functional Polyolefins business to South Koreas SK Global Chemical for EUR335m. Functional Polyolefins produces ethylene copolymers and terpolymers for the food packaging, cable, electronics and coatings markets.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,436,390 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. At the same time, the PP consumption in the Russian market was 909,260 tonnes in January-August 2019, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

Arkema is a leading European supplier of chlorochemicals and PVC. Kynar and Kynar Flex are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, propylene, ethylene, Arkema, Kem One (Arkema).
Category:General News
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