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Abu Dhabi's Borouge plans to set up new production unit

Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge) has announced that it will significantly increase production of pre-compounded black polyethylene (PE) for pressure pipe applications by investing in a production unit which is expected to be completed within 2020.

The company’s decision to expand capacity of PE black product follows soon after China’s Water Standards Committee revised the PE water pipe standards, to promote the use of pre-compounded materials for piping applications for greater quality assurance, said a senior officials on the sidelines of this year’s Chinaplas at Guangzhou, which runs till May 24.

The investment will address the rising demand for the materials as many cities in China and other emerging economies continue to expand and modernise their utilities infrastructure, they stated.

This latest announcement comes shortly after Borouge confirmed the next expansion phase of its Ruwais petrochemicals complex, which will see the construction of the world’s largest mixed-feed cracker with an ethylene output of 1.8 million tonnes, said the company in a statement.

The new cracker will be the fourth in Borouge’s Ruwais complex and will have an overall capacity to produce 3.3 million tonnes of olefins and aromatics from a variety of feedstocks including ethane, butane and naphtha.  

It will also enable the production of many petrochemicals building blocks, enhancing both the company’s growth ambitions and long-term supply security for its customers, it stated.

CEO Wim Roels said: "Borouge provides creative and differentiated plastics solutions that help our customers in China to be more successful by enabling them to deliver superior products and solutions at a competitive cost."

"For instance, the use of pre-compounded black polyethylene will enable pipe manufacturers to produce superior quality pipes that help ensure the safe operation of distribution networks and minimise any losses of the products that flow through those pipes," he noted.

"In fact, many of Borouge products help to address environmental protection and resource optimisation in line with sustainability development goals of the People’s Republic of China," he added.

During the expo, Borouge will be showcasing its innovative solutions for infrastructure, energy, mobility, healthcare, agriculture and packaging applications including Anteo, its latest family of linear low density polyethylene for flexible packaging.

Anteo provides unparalleled processability, good optical properties and superior puncture and tear resistance. It also has excellent sealing performance, enabling the production of food packaging with high seal integrity, an important factor for convertors, brand owners and retailers looking to improve food freshness and hygiene.

Borouge’s senior vice-president (Asia North) Vincent Ong said: "Chinaplas is an excellent opportunity for us to share the many advantages of our innovative plastics solutions portfolio, and engage with our customers and the value chain to identify new opportunities."

"For instance, China is leading the world in the development of electric vehicles and we are keeping pace by developing advanced mobility solutions that are lighter, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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