LyondellBasell Starts Up Polypropylene Compounding Line

September 26, 2019

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LyondellBasell Starts Up Polypropylene Compounding Line

Plastics, chemicals, and refining company LyondellBasell recently started up a new, fifth production line at its polypropylene compounding plant in Knapsack, Germany capable of producing 25 kt/yr. 

With the addition of the new line, the capacity of the Knapsack facility is over 200 kt/yr, making the site “the world’s largest polypropylene compounding facility,” the firm said in a Sept. 20 release. 

Lightweight polypropylene materials produced by LyondellBasell are used in applications like automobiles and electrical appliances. The company said automotive OEMS are using the materials because it helps them to comply with European Commission rules on reducing CO2 emissions in new vehicle designs.

“Our polypropylene materials are helping to increase fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions by aiding in the light weighting of automobiles,” Frank Noeltgen, Senior Director APS Business Europe, said in a statement. “The development of electric vehicles where components are needed for battery packs and under-the-hood applications is expected to support this trend.”

The polypropylene compounding plant in Knapsack is operated by LyondellBasell’s Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) global business. 12 new jobs were created with the opening of the new line. The facility currently has a headcount of about 160 workers. 

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