MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. has selected UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process Technology from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) for its new 160 KTA polypropylene unit. The unit will provide polypropylene as part of Qinghai’s integrated magnesium metal project to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
“We’re excited to have Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. as a new licensee,” said Tracy Cleckler, global commercial director, Dow Polypropylene Licensing and Catalysts business. “The plastics market in China is expanding and this new license confirms the interest in using advanced polypropylene process and catalyst technology to produce differentiated resins for a variety of applications.”
Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is the eighth licensee of UNIPOL PP Technology in China. Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is the largest salt lake resources development enterprise and potassium chloride base in China with a wide range of products including potassium carbonate, potassium nitrate and potassium metal. As part of the magnesium metal project, it will utilize coal as feedstock to produce ethylene and propylene through coal gasification, then use the ethylene and propylene as feedstock for the polypropylene unit.
“With UNIPOL PP Process Technology we are able to meet growing market demand for polypropylene in China,” said Hai Jizhong, project director of polypropylene for Qinghai. “We have chosen UNIPOL because it is the most advanced propylene process technology available and offers the ability to produce the broadest spectrum of products in the industry.”
Installation at Qinghai Salt Lake Industry Co. is scheduled to start in 2012, with start-up expected in the second half of 2013.
Currently, there are 46 operating lines worldwide using UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Technology. The UNIPOL polypropylene process is an all gas-phase process for producing the broadest range of polypropylene resins. The simple design is consistent in terms of product quality and energy efficiency, requiring no equipment for handling, separating or recycling solvents. The system’s fluidized-bed reactors and high performance CONSISTA™ Catalyst Systems and SHAC™ Catalyst Systems give manufacturers the flexibility to produce homopolymers, random copolymers and impact copolymers.
Resins produced by UNIPOLTM Polypropylene Technology from Dow account for 17 percent of global polypropylene output. Polypropylene is a versatile plastic used in packaging, durable goods, automotive parts, non-wovens, fibers and consumer applications.
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