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06-17-2009

Borealis: PP Plant Upgraded

Borealis AG, Vienna, Austria, announced the start-up of an additional gas phase reactor at its plant in Schwechat, Austria, that will enhance its ability to produce superior high flow materials for the automotive and packaging sectors.

The new four-reactor configuration is the result of Borealis’ EUR 35 million investment to upgrade its 300,000 t/a Borstar polypropylene (PP) plant. The addition of a third gas phase reactor will ensure that the products based on Borealis‘ proprietary multi-modal Borstar technology are fully bimodal. Bimodality allows the company to tailor each product‘s characteristics precisely to achieve specific performance and processing benefits. The addition of bimodality throughout the manufacturing process at Schwechat will allow antagonistic properties to be combined in one material or the inclusion of different properties that together deliver the enhanced performance required by innovative automotive and thin wall food packaging applications.

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