LyondellBasell starts up PP compounding plant in China


Chemicals firm LyondellBasell has started up a new 20 kilotonne/year polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Dalian, China. This is the company’s third facility in China, strategically located to serve the region’s growing automotive market.

LyondellBasell is the largest producer of PP compounds in the world, with 15 wholly owned facilities, including the Dalian plant, and three joint ventures in 12 countries. Currently in China, LyondellBasell operates PP compounding plants in Suzhou and Guangzhou. The addition of the Dalian plant allows the company’s further expansion into the strategically important North China region, home to a number of major automobile manufacturers including BMW, Daimler, GM, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan and Chery.

“With China’s automobile market poised for significant growth over the next several years this facility allows us to better serve our customers, reduce shipping time and logistics costs while delivering a strong return for our shareholders,” said LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel. “This plant leverages our global value chain, from polypropylene technology to specialised compounded products, for the benefit of our customers in the region.”

LyondellBasell says its PP compounds are found in almost all modern vehicles and significantly contribute to improved fuel efficiency and the ability of automobile manufacturers to comply with strict environmental standards for car interiors. For example:

  • Vehicle weight can be reduced by high-flow materials, allowing a reduction in wall thickness without compromising mechanical properties;

  • Components displaying a visual metallic effect can be molded-in-color for paint-free exterior applications;

  • Soft touch polypropylene compounds provide a pleasant experience in door panels, trims and handles for interior applications;

  • Materials containing low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and low odor for use in car interior components that meet strict environmental standards and protect the health of the passengers; and,

  • Low density talc-filled compounds that provide a lightweight alternative for both interior and exterior applications.​

In 2015, the company acquired SJS Plastiblends Pvt. Ltd and the PP compounding assets of Zylog Plastalloys Pvt., making LyondellBasell the third largest producer of PP compounds in India.

The company also says its PP compounding plants provide tailor-made solutions allowing automobile parts to meet demanding automotive specifications while providing consistency with global quality standards.


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