Hydrocarbon Processing Lummus and Clariant unveil start-up of world's largest CATOFIN PDH unit Lummus Technology and its catalyst partner Clariant, announced the successful startup and acceptance of Qingdao Jinneng New Material Co.'s 900,000 MMtpy CATOFIN propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant. thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey The plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary patented MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology to produce 330,000 tpy of resin for the production of PET bottles as well as bright chips for textile applications. Indorama Ventures enters world-first China license agreement with Shandong Binhua New Material Co. Ltd. Indorama Ventures, a global sustainable chemical company, has signed a license agreement with Shandong Binhua New Material Co. to build, own and operate a propylene oxide, t-Butanol and t-Butyl methyl ether co-production unit. Repsol will invest over €35 MM to build an XLPE plant to manufacture HV and EHV cables Repsol will build a new plant in Tarragona, with an investment of over €35 M for the manufacture of Cross-linkable Polyethylene (XLPE), a polymer used in cable insulation, located between the conductor and the outer protective layers. Solvay seen starting polymer expansion in Ohio plant Solvay has started works related to expansion plans that include installing equipment to increase sulfone polymers capacity at its plant in Marietta, Ohio. North American PP market to see two startups, challenged demand in 2022 North American polypropylene producers won´t see this year a repeat of 2021, when stronger-than-expected demand as the pandemic eased after vaccines met extreme supply tightness. Industry Perspectives: <i>Hydrocarbon Processing’s</i> Mid-Year Update webcast to be held in late June Over the past several years, the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has been engaged in a whirlwind of peaks and valleys. History of the HPI: The 1970s: Crises, clean air, plastic bottles and the DCS The 1970s were marked by several historical events that affected not only the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) but nations around the world. Neste teams up with Circularise to increase visibility along circular polymers and chemicals value chains Neste and Netherlands-based startup Circularise have announced a partnership to bring Circularise’s traceability software into circular polymers and chemicals supply chains. HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1960s: Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes Petrochemicals rise in prominence and new know-how in refining processes