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Shell Chemicals Launches New Business: Shell Polymers

Shell Polymers says it will use a new production facility and operational philosophy to change the way day-to-day business in polyethylene is currently conducted.
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With support from global energy power, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell Chemicals is introducing Shell Polymers—a new line of business dedicated to building the “unrivaled customer experience” that’s supported by the company’s new Pittsburgh-area world-scale petrochemical facility. Visitors to Booth S16001 can find out more first hand from the Shell team about the new polyethylene (PE) business.

Shell says its recently launched campaign—Start Believing—reinforces the company’s commitment to the customer community. “With immediate access to world-class talent, industry resources and technical knowledge, Shell Polymers aims to change the way day-to-day business in polyethylene is currently conducted. The Pennsylvania complex will be the first Shell-operated polyethylene production facility in the Americas and will provide a variety of future opportunities and stability to the local Beaver County economy,” says Shell Polymers General Manager Emma Lewis.

The world-scale petrochemical facility, located 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh in Beaver County, provides proximity to more than 70% of the North American PE market. Close to both supply and markets, the new facility will decrease economic and environmental transportation costs and provide regional plastic manufacturers with more flexibility, shorter supply chains and enhanced supply dependability. Once complete, the facility anticipates an average capacity of 3.3 billion lb/yr of ethylene and three PE units running LLDPE and HDPE.

The Shell Polymers Innovation Center will be located at the site and become a regional technology hub for customers. The center will consist of a state-of-the-art analytical and materials testing lab, which will allow for a close collaboration between customers and a world-class team to develop unique product solutions, explains Lewis. Shell Polymers has put in place an extensive team of industry experts to deliver class-leading customer experience plus the tools and technology to create a step-change of customer satisfaction in the industry, she says.