DuPont completes new production line in Ohio

DuPont completes new production line in Ohio

MOSCOW (MRC) -- DuPont Interconnect Solutions, a business within the Electronics & Industrial segment, today announced it has completed the expansion project at its Circleville, Ohio manufacturing site, said the company.

The USD250 million investment expands production of Kapton polyimide film and Pyralux® flexible circuit materials, ensuring a committed supply to meet the growing global demand in the automotive, consumer electronics, telecom, specialized industrial and defense segments served by DuPont.

“This is a really important milestone for DuPont and the Electronics & Industrial business,” said Avi Avula, vice president and general manager, DuPont Interconnect Solutions. “With this expansion, we can elevate our service levels to our customers to help them grow. This new plant is an indication of our renewed commitment to our customers’ growth agenda and enables us to meet their aggressive demand for new products with higher reliability and supply assurance."

The new manufacturing line at Circleville uses DuPont proprietary processing capabilities to produce advanced Kapton polyimide films, which have set industry standards for more than 50 years, offering high performance, reliability and durability. Kapton® polyimide films provide a unique combination of electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties that withstand extreme temperature, vibration and other demanding environments.

The Kapton polyimide film is also at the heart of DuPont’s Pyralux line of flexible copper-clad laminates that are available in a wide variety of copper types, thicknesses and construction options, all of which offer excellent thermal, chemical, electrical and mechanical properties. Pyralux® laminates are ideal for use in wide variety of multi-layer flex and rigid-flex applications which require advanced performance, such as low dissipation loss for high speed, high frequency, robust thermal resistance and high reliability.

As MRC reported earlier, DuPont is to invest around USD 5 m at facilities in Germany and Switzerland to increase capacity for automotive adhesives. The investment will expand capacity to support growing demand for advanced mobility solutions for vehicle electrification. New equipment has been delivered and installed that will increase manufacturing capacity as well as accelerate delivery of product samples to customers.

We remind that DuPont is also investing USD400 million in the production capacity of Tyvek nonwoven fabric made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) at its site in Luxembourg. A new building and a third work line at the production site will be constructed. The launch of new facilities is scheduled for 2021.

DuPont Electronics & Industrial is a global supplier of new technologies and performance materials serving the semiconductor, circuit board, display, digital and flexographic printing, healthcare, aerospace, industrial and transportation industries. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service to enable next-generation technologies.

SOCAR Heydar Aliyev refinery signs agreements with French Axens for its FCC unit

SOCAR Heydar Aliyev refinery signs agreements with French Axens for its FCC unit

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SOCAR HQ held a ceremony to sign licensing and design agreements for the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit between the Heydar Aliyev oil refinery (HAOR) and the French company Axens as part of the HAOR modernization and reconstruction project, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The ceremony was attended by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev, Axens CEO Jean Sentenac and other officials.

A signing ceremony was eventually held with the parties participating. The documents were signed by Bakhtiyar Mammadov, SOCAR HAOR Director and Fabien Lundy, Axens Process Licensing Global Commercial Director. It is worth noting that SOCAR and Axens have a long-term co-operation. At present, the diesel hydrotreatment, gasoline hydrotreatment and C4 (butane-butylene) hydrogenation units as part of the Heydar Aliyev refinery reconstruction project, as well as the C3 (propane-propylene) hydrogenation unit as part of the reconstruction works carried out at Azerkimya PU, the naphtha hydrotreatment, diesel hydrotreatment and kerosene hydrotreatment units at the STAR refinery built in Turkey are licensed by Axens.

The cooperation between SOCAR and Axens encompasses the training of engineers either in IFP School or in Axens in order to contribute to the successful implementation of the Heydar Aliyev refinery modernization projects including the operation of the licensed process units. These trainings aims also at developing skills in energy efficiency and sustainability. Some time ago, the AR-GE Research Centre of SOCAR Turkey, Axens and IFPEN started jointly to expand AR-GE Research capabilities, and identify subjects of common interest.

Rovnag Abdullayev, SOCAR President said, "The HAOR reconstruction and modernization project is progressing successfully. The project involves the design and construction of a number of new units at the refinery. In this respect, substantial work has been undertaken to license and implement design services for these units. Based on the research and detailed evaluation of the FCC unit, the French company Axens has been selected as the licensor. Under the agreements signed today, the preparation of the process design package for the unit will commence shortly. On this occasion, I congratulate Axens's leadership and wish our partners every success in their work."

As MRC reported earlier, Technip Energies (Paris, France) announced in April, 2021, that its work on the Azerikimya modernization project in Azerbaijan had been completed on time. The overhaul of the Socar petrochemical complex near the nation’s capital, Baku, was complete and the plant was handed over and was fully in operation. It had been producing ethylene and propylene on demand since October 2020.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,265,290 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2021, up by 14% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,363,850 tonnes in January-November, 2021, up by 25% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

Wacker opens cement, concrete additives R&D centre in Moscow

Wacker opens cement, concrete additives R&D centre in Moscow

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Wacker Chemie has opened a laboratory in Moscow for research and development (R&D) on water-repellent silicone additives for cement and concrete, said the company.

Financial details on capital expenditure (capex) for the site were not disclosed. The additives are used in cementitious materials to provide protection against moisture, salts, or unwanted chemical reactions. The company thus aims to tap into the petrochemicals-intensive construction industry in Russia.

The Moscow laboratory is part of Wacker’s Innovation Hub for Cement and Concrete. “Our new lab in Moscow will give us our first ever opportunity for systematically studying and testing a wide range of raw materials used in cement and concrete,” said Thomas Koini, head of Wacker’s Performance Silicones division.

As per MRC, Wacker Chemie AG is moving forward with “Shape the Future,” its efficiency program initiated last November. The Munich-based chemical company has recenly announced that company management and employee representatives have agreed on a framework for the planned job cutbacks.

As MRC reported earlier, Wacker Chemie operates a 90 ktpa EVA compounding plant at the Ulsan site, consisting of two lines. The second line with a capacity of 40 thousand tons of products per year was launched in 2013.

Wacker Chemie manufactures and markets EVA dispersions under the VINNAPAS brand name. VINNAPAS polymer dispersions are used in a wide range of industries: for the production of complex thermal insulation systems, building and tile adhesives, plaster, building mixtures and mortars, cement sealing slurries and nonwovens.

PKN Orlen selected Scientific Design EO/EG technology for olefins expansion project in Poland

PKN Orlen selected Scientific Design EO/EG technology for olefins expansion project in Poland

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Scientific Design Company announces that PKN Orlen has selected Scientific Design’s EO/EG technology for olefins expansion project in Plock, Poland, said the company.

Scientific Design was awarded the project as part of the Hyundai Engineering and Tecnicas Reunidas EPC consortium.

The award includes the license of process technology, the provision of a process design package, technical assistance and start up services and the initial charge of Scientific Design’s ethylene oxide catalyst. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2024, with production expected to begin early 2025.

As it was written earlier, PKN Orlen is exploring ways to produce polymers using carbon dioxide. New technology to capture, store, reuse or replace carbon pollution is being explored around the world, with some companies working on methods of converting the greenhouse gas into products such as plastic, soap, or fabric.

Under its 2030 strategy, Orlen plans to reduce CO2 emissions from existing refining and petrochemical assets by 20% and by 33% from its power generation business. It has also set a 2050 target date for achieving a net zero carbon footprint.

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A. (PKN Orlen) is the largest Polish oil and gas company and one of the largest oil and gas companies in Europe. In Plock, the nominal capacity of the polypropylene (PP) line is 400 thousand tons per year. PKN Orlen owns a controlling stake (63%) in the Czech polyolefin producer Unipetrol. In addition, the largest Czech chemical manufacturer Spolana is also part of the Polish group PKN Orlen. The enterprise produces PVC, caprolactam, sulfuric acid, mineral fertilizers.

COVID-19 - News digest as of 21.01.2022

1. Crude oil prices go down, though supply concerns still dominant

MOSCOW (MRC) - Crude oil edged lower on Thursday, posting slim losses after several days of strength that pushed benchmarks to seven-year highs due to concerns about tight supply, reported Reuters. Brent crude futures settled down 6 cents to USD88.38 a barrel. The global benchmark rose to USD89.17 on Wednesday, its highest level since October 2014; the benchmark is up 13% on the year so far.US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for February delivery lost 6 cents to USD86.90 a barrelon the last day of the contract's life. WTI is up 15% so far this year. The more active March WTI contract settled at USD85.55 a barrel, down 25 cents.Crude stocks rose by 515,000 barrels last week while gasoline inventories rose by 5.9 million barrels, boosting those inventories to their highest in a year, according to the US Energy Department.