Grace to provide UNIPOL PP process technology and services at Braskem La Porte, TX facility

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W.R. Grace & Co., a supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, will provide its UNIPOL PP process technology and services to Braskem America’s newest planned facility in La Porte, TX, which could begin operations in early 2019.

Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the leading producer of PP in the US, with five existing US production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh.

Grace’s UNIPOL PP process technology is an all gas-phase technology that is the most economical in investment and has the broadest product capabilities with stable and predictable operation. It is designed with fewer moving parts and less equipment than any competing technology. UNIPOL PP Technology is the simplest process of all PP technologies, with a process design that leads to lower capital costs and lower operating costs while maximizing reliability and lowering maintenance costs. Although mechanically simple, the underlying technology enables the production of the broadest, most advanced homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry.

Braskem’s La Porte facility is designed to produce 450 ktpy of homopolymer, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in a single reactor line, for which the UNIPOL PP process technology enables the production of the broadest, most advanced product slate. This is the fifth UNIPOL PP reactor line for Braskem, joining existing facilities at Marcus Hook, PA (two reactor lines); Seadrift, TX; and Wesseling, Germany.

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