Polymers

History of the HPI: The 1990s: Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Much like several initiatives passed in the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s were a decade heavily focused on environmental issues, with many new regulations being enacted to not only mitigate industrial and vehicle emissions but also to advance the production of clean fuels globally.

History of the HPI: The 1980s: Oil spike/collapse, liquid crystals, conducting polymers and the rise of AR/VR

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Several major impactful events took place in the global oil and gas and petrochemical industries in the 1980s.

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: Hydrocarbon Processing’s Mid-Year Update webcast to be held in late June

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1970s were marked by several historical events that affected not only the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) but nations around the world.