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Petronas Chemicals acquires stake in PCC Malaysian oxyalkylates business

September 15/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd and Germanys PCC SE plant to build an oxyalkylates plant in the Kertih Integrated Petrochemical Complex, Terengganu to produce ethoxylates and polyether polyols, said Chemweek.

Petronas Chemicals said in a statement on Monday work on the plant is targeted to start in 2021 while production is scheduled to begin in 2023. The partners also intend to establish a joint research and development (R&D) centre at PCC-OM to ensure a high level of innovation and fulfillment of individual customer requirements, it said.

Petronas Chemicals had recently entered into a shares sale and purchase agreement with PCC SE to acquire 50% of the latters shares in its Malaysian subsidiary, PCC Oxyalkylates Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PCC-OM), marking its entry into the growing oxyalkylates market.

Oxyalkylates are a group of chemicals comprising ethoxylates, a non-ionic surfactant, and polyether polyols.
These chemicals are used for the manufacture of a wide range of end products. Ethoxylates are used among others, in the production of detergent, home care and personal care products, while polyether polyols are mainly used to produce foam mattresses and upholstery applications.

Petronas Chemicals expects demand for these two chemicals are expected to grow especially in Asean and Asia Pacific regions. PCC SE, headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, is a global surfactant player which develops and produces surfactants and polyols. It established PCC-OM in 2017 with the intention to expand into the Asian region.

Petronas Chemicals said this strategic partnership leverages on the strengths of both companies; PCG as one of the leading integrated chemicals players in Southeast Asia and PCC SE with its extensive range of products and chemical formulations serving a large variety of applications. The partnership will enable PCC-OM to deliver high value innovative solutions to customers in the oxyalkylates market in the region.

Petronas Chemicals managing director/CEO Datuk Sazali Hamzah said this was another milestone for the group in its quest to develop the groups specialty chemicals business segment. We are pleased to be working with PCC SE, a global surfactant player, in our first foray into the specialty oxyalkkylates market, as their experience, expertise and capabilities provide a strategic fit into our growth plans.

"We will continue to explore investing in more technologies and assets that will further expand our high-value chemicals portfolio, thus future proofing our business." Chairman of the Administrative Board of PCC SE, Waldemar Preussner said this joint venture would enable them to boost the expansion of PCC's core businesses of surfactants and polyols in the growing Asian market.

The Kertih site is ideal due to raw materials availability and excellent infrastructure with a direct seaport access, thus ensuring competitive production and logistics costs. This project enables us to leverage on the know-how we have gained from decades of oxyalkylates production in our facility and the new R&D centre for customers in Asia will create a pathway for expanding our product portfolio.

"In Petronas Chemicals we have found a strong strategic partner both for this investment and also for other potential collaborations in the chemical industry," Preussner said.

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

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PE, Petronas.
Category:General News
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