SunAllomer Ltd., a joint venture of LyondellBasell Industries, Showa Denko K.K. and Nippon Oil Corporation, has recently broke ground in Oita (Japan) to start of construction of the company's polypropylene (PP) plant capacity expansion and improvement project which was announced last year. The project includes the expansion of one PP production line by 60,000 tpa and conversion of the line to LyondellBasell's industry-leading Spheripol manufacturing process. This conversion will help SunAllomer achieve energy-related improvements, such as a reduction in CO2 emissions by 12%, as well as streamlined plant operations.
The Oita plant's third line, based on the Spheripol process, will also be upgraded to produce high-rubber content PP for further product differentiation in niche applications. Engineering activities for the project are scheduled for completion in April 2010. The new grades will feature high rubber content, excellent rigidity and outstanding impact resistance, which are designed to reduce the weight and processing costs of customers' molded products, especially in the food packaging and automotive segments.