SABIC & ExxonMobIl Form New PE Venture
A major olefins project, first announced in 2016 and pending completion of the environmental permitting process, has been firmed up by Houston-based SABIC and ExxonMobil Chemical through the formation of a new joint venture. Development of the new Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project, currently planned for construction in San Patricio County, Texas, starts with a 3.6 billion lb ethane cracker and will also include two PE production units and a monoethylene glycol plant. No further details, such as capacity or types of PE grades, are available, though it’s very likely it will include all three types—L/LLDPE and HDPE. The plant is expected to be operational in the 2021 or 2022. This will be SABIC’s first polyolefin production in North America, though it is a major producer in the Middle East.
A new study shows how the type and amount of LDPE in blends with LLDPE affect the processing and strength/toughness properties of blown film. Data are shown for both LDPE-rich and LLDPE-rich blends.
A new class of semi-aromatic, high-temperature nylons is being introduced to the U.S. by Kuraray America in N.Y.C.
Cyclic olefin copolymer (COC ) is an amorphous thermoplastic that is finding increased utility as a blending agent in polyolefin packaging films for medical, consumer, and industrial markets.