Borealis and Borogue Start Up New PP Compounding Plant

April 3, 2019

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Borealis and Borogue Start Up New PP Compounding Plant
The new Borealis-Borogue PP compounding plant in North Carolina. Image courtesy of Borealis

Polyolefins, base chemicals, and fertilizers manufacturer Borealis recently started up its new polypropylene (PP) compounding unit in Taylorsville, NC that will improve the company’s ability to serve automotive industry customers with thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and short glass fiber (SGF) compounds. 

In an announcement Monday, Borealis said that the unit came on stream in its first quarter this year. The site will be operated with Borogue, a joint venture between Borealis and the United Arab Emirates-based Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). On May 16, the companies will hold an inauguration ceremony to mark the completion of the facility.

“With the commercial and product development personnel well out of the starting blocks, our North American automotive team is set to drive the further growth of our automotive business in North America,” Lucrece Foufopolous, executive vice president of Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology at Borealis, said in a statement. “Following the plant’s mechanical completion in December, first samples were shipped in February, and several projects with leading North American and European OEMs have already been secured.”

The opening of the 500,000-sq-ft site provides Borealis and Borouge with 30 kt of additional capacity for PP and SGF compounds. Borealis and Borogue’s new facility also is capable of producing a new advanced low-density polypropylene, Daplen EE058AI, which is used in automotive interiors. 

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