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COLUMBIA, Md., April 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), the leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, has licensed its UNIPOL® PP Process Technology and its UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control Software to Sinochem Hongrun Petrochemical Chemical Co., Ltd. (Sinochem Hongrun). The UNIPOL® PP facility, located in Qingzhou, Weifang, Shandong, China will start up in 2022 and will include one reactor line with the capability to produce 450KTA of polypropylene.
The award increases the total amount of licensed volume for UNIPOL® PP technology worldwide to more than 27 million tons per annum.
“Our team at Grace is excited to embark on this project with Sinochem Hongrun and welcome them to the UNIPOL® PP Family. We are committed to their success through the services and solutions that we offer for the lifetime of the plant.,” Laura Schwinn, President of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts business said. Schwinn added, ”Sinochem Hongrun’s decision to purchase our UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control software allows them to optimize their plant operations and extract performance improvements on an ongoing basis, providing them with competitive advantages in cost, quality, and product differentiation. This, coupled with our process and product improvements program and the vast experience of our global technical services team, will ensure that Sinochem Hongrun meets their goal of producing a wide variety of resins for the Chinese market.”
Grace's all gas-phase UNIPOL® PP Process technology delivers technology, innovation, and services for plant lifetime performance. The versatile process technology provides the broadest range of PP homopolymers, random copolymers, and impact copolymers in the industry.
The UNIPOL® PP process technology is a state-of-the-art engineering technology that achieves mechanical and operational simplicity and delivers leading total installed cost and operating expense, accelerated project schedules, fast startups, grade transitions, and business results. The process technology, coupled with Grace’s proprietary catalyst and donor systems and the UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control software, allows for maximum performance.
As members of the UNIPOL® PP Process technology community, licensees benefit from Grace’s long-term commitment to their success through the exchange of best practices, continuous process and product improvements, access to its superior catalyst and donor technology and dedicated technical support.
Sinochem Hongrun chose the UNIPOL® PP Process Technology for their site in Shandong, China. because of ease of operation, product breadth, life-time economics and the support Grace provides during the lifetime of the plant. Sinochem Hongrun plans to produce polypropylene resins to meet the growing demand for more complex polypropylene products in China.
About Grace’s UNIPOL® PP Process Technology
Grace is the leading supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and has the broadest portfolio of polyolefin catalyst technologies of any independent polyethylene/polypropylene catalyst producer. Grace is an industry leader in offering UNIPOL® PP Process Technology, 6th Generation non-phthalate CONSISTA® catalysts and donors, and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® Process Control software. UNIPOL® and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company or an affiliated company of Dow. W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn. and/or its affiliates are licensed to use the UNIPOL® and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® trademarks in the area of polypropylene.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. With approximately 3,900 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 70 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
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