W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace) has announced that its UNIPOL® PP technology licensee, Braskem, has successfully completed one year of commercial production at its newest, world-class 450 000 tpy polypropylene production line in La Porte, Texas, US.
Grace provided state-of-the-art PP design technology and innovations to meet Braskem’s need to manufacture a wide breadth of polypropylene products for its customers. The La Porte commercial production line has the capability to produce a full range of homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer products. In accordance with Grace and Braskem's shared commitment to sustainability, the plant was also designed with a focus on key ecological markers such as air emissions, water usage, energy efficiency, and waste reduction.
Mark Nikolich, Braskem America CEO, commented: "Braskem's first full year of commercial operations at our newest world class polypropylene line in La Porte, Texas, exceeded our expectations for quality and performance at a time in the industry when our clients needed us most. Our decision to invest in North America's largest polypropylene production facility reflects our commitment to our leadership position in the US market and more importantly, enhancing our ability to meet the current and future needs of our clients. The enhanced production capabilities from this new facility proved critically important as supply in the North American polypropylene industry faced many challenges during the past year.”
“As the leader in polypropylene process technology, the Grace team proved again that our commitment to our customers’ success is the key to our success,” said Grace’s Laura Schwinn, President, Specialty Catalysts. “We will continue to deliver value to Braskem with the support needed to run the largest polypropylene production line in the Americas.”
Chris Bland, Vice President Manufacturing, Braskem America, also added: "Grace provided us with unparalleled experience and on-site support during the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure that the La Porte facility was commissioned to produce all required products on a tight timeline."
Grace provided pre-commissioning and start-up support to ensure the safe and efficient commissioning of the first reactor. Subsequently, Braskem was able to go straight into commercial production with the first reactor and received continued support to ensure smooth start-up of the second reactor for impact copolymer production.
In addition to using Grace’s UNIPOL PP Process Technology and advanced catalyst systems, Braskem’s investment in the UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control Software, provides Braskem with a customised solution for control and optimisation of the plant.
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