W. R. Grace & Co., the an independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL® PP process technology to Hyundai Chemical Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Hyundai Oilbank Co., Ltd. and Lotte Chemical Corp. Located in Daesan, South Korea, the new, 250 000 tpa facility will be part of a larger cracker complex that is slated to open in 2021. The PP unit will be used to produce high-end, speciality grade, random copolymer resins.
Grace's all gas-phase technology provides an advanced and broad range of PP homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers. This process technology, without any moving parts inside the reactor and requiring less equipment than any alternative, is a reliable, safe, and stable operation which leads to lower capital, operating, and maintenance costs.
Laura Schwinn, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business, said, “Grace is excited to be the technology choice for Hyundai Chemical Co., Ltd.’s plant in Daesan, South Korea. The UNIPOL PP process technology will provide their customers with some of the best random copolymer resins in the industry. We are confident that our technology coupled with our non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts will give Hyundai Chemical Co., the ability to deliver the resins that are in highest demand from their customers.”