LyondellBasell Industries has achieved another significant milestone in the global market introduction of its Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) technology, with two million tonnes of multimodal high density polyethylene (HDPE) capacity installed and under construction to date. With last month's successful start up of the world-scale Hostalen ACP plant by Saudi Ethylene and Polyethylene Company (SEPC) in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, more than one million tonnes of multimodal HDPE capacity is in operation. In addition, more than one million tonnes of multimodal HDPE capacity are under construction in the Middle East and Europe. In January, the company announced that the technology is available for license to third parties.
LyondellBasell began using the technology on a proprietary basis at its Frankfurt and Wesseling facilities in Germany in 2004 and later began offering the process for license to its joint ventures in Poland and Saudi-Arabia. The multimodal Hostalen ACP technology exceeds the limits of standard bimodal HDPE process technology by producing high performance resins with an industry-leading toughness/stiffness balance, superior impact resistance, higher stress crack resistance and significantly improved processing advantages.