By Matt Scotland
LyondellBasell makes PP performance breakthrough.
Dutch petrochemical major LyondellBasell Industries has launched a new single-site catalyst system designed to extend the performance capabilities of its Metocene polypropylene manufacturing (PP) technology platform.
“This new single-site catalyst family provides additional product capabilities within our existing Metocene PP portfolio, which is already extremely versatile. The catalyst family extends the range of homopolymer, random and impact copolymer grades by offering performance from very low to very high melt flow rates, while maintaining outstanding levels of homogeneity, transparency and other features typical of single-site catalysis,” said Yves Bonte, senior vice president of LyondellBasell’s Polypropylene Business.
“We have been successfully using this catalyst system at our LyondellBasell facilities. This new family offers significant advantages above our existing metallocene catalyst portfolio. With mileage levels comparable to conventional Ziegler-Natta catalysts, smooth operability and excellent process control, it confirms the impressive potential of Metocene PP technology,” added Jim Seward, senior vice president of LyondellBasell’s Catalyst Business.