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Sumitomo Chemical to establish PP compound plant in Poland

February 12/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Sumitomo Chemical will establish a subsidiary, Sumika Polymer Compounds Poland (SPCP), to build and operate a polypropylene (PP) compounding facility at PoznaA, Poland, reported Chemweek.

The capacity of the planned PP compounding plant will be 30,000 metric tons/year. It is due to commence operations in 2022.

PP compounds are materials made by kneading PP with synthetic rubber, glass fibers, or inorganic fillers to improve its functionality and increase rigidity and other properties, for use in automobile bumpers, interiors, and home appliances.

The company produces short glass fiber reinforced PP compounds (GFPP). GFPP is a high-performance material that combines the lightweight and superior moldability of PP with the strength and heat tolerance of glass fibers. It has been expanding GFPP sales globally for use in automotive parts, such as battery casings, and home appliances, such as drum cover cases for washing machines.

Many automobile and electric manufacturers have production bases in Poland and neighboring regions, such as eastern Germany and the Czech Republic. Because of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles prompted by tighter environmental regulations, strong demand for PP compounds is expected to continue, it added.

As the European Unions circular economy action plan heightens the need for recycled products, Sumitomo Chemical intends to increase the market share of GFPP containing 60 to 100% recycled PP by starting production in SPCP, following the lead of Sumitomo Chemicals bases in the United Kingdom and France.

As MRC reported earlier, in December 2020, Sumitomo Chemical and Axens signed a license agreement of ethanol-to-ethylene technology Atol for Sumitomo Chemicals waste-to-polyolefins project in Japan. In the project, to promote circular economy, Axens Atol technology will transform ethanol produced from waste into polymer-grade ethylene that will be polymerized in Sumitomo Chemicals assets into polyolefin, a key product in the petrochemical industry.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, ethylene, compounding, fibers/filaments, car components, compounds, natural rubber, Sumitomo, Poland, Russia, Japan.
Category:General News
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