Ineos Polyolefins to invest in expansion of PP and PE

Ineos Polyolefins is considering investing in random co-polymer technology on its liquid pool polypropylene (PP) unit at Grangemouth, Scotland. By linking ethylene supply from its crackers to the PP unit, random co-polymer grades with a wide range of melt flow rates will be produced commencing Q3 2008 for the blow moulding, packaging and medical sectors. Ineos Polyolefins has completed debottlenecking of its 50,000 tpa liquid pool polypropylene unit, raising capacity to 285,000 tpa announced in early 2007. As part of its development of the polyolefin platform at Grangemouth, INEOS Polyolefins also intends to introduce swing capability on its 310,000 tpa LLDPE plant to produce HDPE grades. This follows the recent development by INEOS Polyolefins of rotomoulding grades at Grangemouth and the appointment of ICO Polymers as its exclusive partner to distribute its range of advanced hexene co-monomer rotomoulding polymers. The new HDPE injection moulding grades will be produced in addition to the existing LLDPE/MDPE grades and will complement the existing HDPE product range. These investments will enable the company to create a robust production platform throughout Europe, allowing it to maintain its leading market position and ensure the future growth of our business.
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