ExxonMobil Chemical introduces innovative new film technologies

(packagingeurope) -- ExxonMobil Chemical introduces several new Label-Lyte film technologies for a range of demanding labeling applications.

ExxonMobil Chemical will introduce several new Label-Lyte film technologies: Label-Lyte 52LLC210, Label-Lyte 65LT50, Label-Lyte 50ML580, Label-Lyte 40LL539 for a range of demanding labeling applications at booth 829 at LabelExpo Americas in Chicago from September 11-13, 2012. Many of these technologies will be on display for the first time.

A market leader in BOPP films and coated films technology, ExxonMobil Chemical offers the broadest range of premium OPP films, including high barrier, coated metalized, white opaque and clear solutions, which are custom-tailored to specific market or customer needs.

LANXESS breaks ground for world largest Nd-PBR plant in Singapore

(lanxess) -- LANXESS has broken ground for its new neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) plant in Singapore today. The German specialty chemicals company is investing roughly EUR 200 million in a 140,000 metric tons per annum facility on Jurong Island. The facility will be the largest of its kind globally and will serve the growing market for "Green Tires", especially in Asia. About 100 jobs will be created. The plant is expected to start up in the first half of 2015.

The Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (Private) Limited will supply the majority of the key raw material butadiene needed to produce Nd-PBR, while Singapore’s TP Utilities Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned unit of Tuas Power Ltd.) will provide steam to the new plant. Foster Wheeler Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. has been selected to carry out the detailed engineering and construction of the plant.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16,900 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 48 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals.

Total, Lukoil select Foster Wheeler for Netherlands hydrocracker upgrade work

(hydrocarbonprocessing) -- The objective of the project is to maximize the throughput of the distillate hydrocracker by debottlenecking the unit’s reaction and fractionation sections of the distillate hydrocracker, the companies said. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is expected to be completed by June 2014.

Foster Wheeler said Tuesday it was awarded a contract by a Total-Lukoil joint venture for engineering, procurement and construction management assistance on the distillate hydrocracker upgrade at the Zeeland refinery in Vlissingen, The Netherlands.

The value of the award was not disclosed. The deal was included in Foster Wheeler’s second-quarter 2012 bookings.

The objective of the project is to maximize the throughput of the distillate hydrocracker by debottlenecking the unit’s reaction and fractionation sections of the hydrocracker.

Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is expected to be completed by June 2014.

Deceuninck developed uPVC window profiles

(polynews) -- Deceuninck and Gealan, two European window makers, have developed uPVC window profiles that do not rely on tubular galvanised steel inserts for strength. While steel acts as an effective reinforcement, its heat-conducting properties impede energy efficiency.

Belgium’s Deceuninck NV calls its new window technology Linktrusion and is using the innovation throughout its Zendow#neo window range. In its Zendow#neo standard range, Deceuninck has replaced the steel reinforcement with a sandwich of steel-wire reinforced PVC, filled with a PVC foam in both the window frame and sash.

Germany’s Gealan Fenster-Systeme GmbH has introduced its IKD intensive core insulation technology. This uses a foam core in place of the galvanized steel reinforcement. The foam is injected into the profile chambers during manufacture. The profiles can be cut, welded and trimmed on existing machinery without the need for modification.

Deceuninck NV is a Belgian designer and producer of PVC systems for windows and doors, interior, roofline & cladding and terraces. The company extrudes PVC and the single base material Twinson.

The Gealan Fenster-Systeme GmbH is a plastic processing company that offers an extensive line of vinyl window profile systems for windows, doors and roll shutters.

Dow UNIPOL polypropylene technology is gaining popularity in China

(Dow) -- Jiutai Energy has signed a license agreement with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology, a wholly owned Subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) for a 350 KTA methanol-to-olefin based polypropylene (PP) plant. Jiutai will license UNIPOL Polypropylene Process Technology from Dow Licensing & Catalysts to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.

Jiutai Energy is the eleventh UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology licensee signed in China since 2006.

Methanol-to-olefin polypropylene production is gaining popularity in China due to the region’s abundant coal reserves. In addition, Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) reports that China is experiencing a polypropylene market growth rate of 7 % per year - compared to a 5.2 percent per year global market growth rate - due to a fast growing economy and a drive to become less reliant on imported raw materials.

The UNIPOL PP process for polypropylene is a comprehensive technology and services package with established worldwide success. It combines product and catalyst know-how with leading gas-phase process technology and technology transfer expertise. Licensed by Union Carbide since 1985, UNIPOL PP technology is now available through Dow. Resins produced by UNIPOL polypropylene technology from Dow account for 17 percent of global polypropylene output.