Columbia, MD (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), the leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has contracted to license its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology and services to Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group Co., Ltd. for a new methanol-to-olefin (MTO) facility in Ningxia, China. The new reactor line is expected to begin operations in late 2018.
Based in Yinchaun, China, Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group manufactures, processes, and markets coal and petrochemical products, which include methanol and olefin. This new PP unit is designed to produce 300 kilotons per year of homopolymer, random copolymers, and impact copolymers.
The project represents the 22nd UNIPOL® PP Process Technology reactor line license in China. With this license, the total design capacity of UNIPOL® PP lines in China will reach nearly 7,000 kilotons per year.
Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL® PP Process Technology provides the most advanced and broadest range of homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry. As the simplest of all PP process technologies, with fewer moving parts and less equipment than any alternative, its reliable, stable, and predictable operation leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
Chen Zhaoyuan, Vice President of Ningxia Baofeng Energy Group, said, “The focus for our new MTO plant is to serve the growing PP market demand in China with the most economical investment and with broad product capability. We are glad to work with Grace to meet our business objectives using the UNIPOL® PP technology.”
Al Beninati, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business segment, said, “Grace is very pleased to be the PP process technology of choice for Ningxia Baofeng’s new MTO operation. Combined with our non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts, the state-of-the-art system will enable Ningxia Baofeng to provide a wide portfolio of quality products to their customers.”
Visit Grace’s website for more information about Grace polyolefin catalysts and process technology.
About Grace’s UNIPOL® PP Process Technology
Grace is the leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and has the broadest portfolio of polyolefin catalyst technologies of any independent polyethylene/polypropylene catalyst producer. Grace is an industry leader in offering UNIPOL® PP Process Technology, 6thGeneration non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts and donors, and UNIPOL UNIPPAC®Process Control software.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customer partners around the world. With approximately 3,700 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
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