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Braskem begins PP exports from new hub in Charleston

February 09/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Braskem says it has made the first international shipment of polypropylene (PP) from its new Global Export Hub in Charleston, South Carolina, said Chemweek.

The facility, which has capacity to ship up to 204,000 metric tons/year of resin, will complement existing export facilities in North America, South America, and Europe, says Braskem. The company says it will continue to ship internationally from Houston, Texas.

US exports of PP totaled 1.16 million metric tons during the 12 months through November 2020, according to data from IHS Markits Global Trade Atlas.

Braskem in September began commercial production at its new USD750-million, 450,000-metric tons/year Delta polypropylene (PP) plant in La Porte, Texas. The plant, which began construction in October 2017, was planned under the assumption that about half of its output would be exported to Europe, South America, and Asia.

"Given the current tight North American market, we are prioritizing our domestic clients, but over time, the hub will allow us to leverage our feedstock advantaged, polymer production assets in the US Gulf Goast, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to best meet our international clients needs, says Alexandre Elias, vice president/olefins & polyolefins North America.

Braskem has 7 PP plants in the US totaling 2 million metric tons/year of capacity. The company also has 560,000 metric tons/year of PP capacity in Germany, and 1.85 million metric tons/year of PP capacity in Brazil.

According to MRC's DataScope report, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, Braskem, Brazil, Russia.
Category:General News
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