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06-28-2019

Commercial Production of Bio-Based Polyolefines

LyondellBasell and Neste Cooperate

The production team in Wesseling, Germany, after the first batch of biopolymers produced from renewable raw materials (© LyondellBasell)

LyondellBasell, Rotterdam, Netherlands. and Neste, Espoo, Finland, jointly announced the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene (PP) and bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPP) at a commercial scale.

The project used Neste's renewable hydrocarbons derived from sustainable bio-based raw materials, such as waste and residue oils. The project produced several thousand tonnes of bio-based plastics which are approved for the production of food packaging and being marketed under Circulen and Circulen Plus, the new family of LyondellBasell circular economy product brands.

New Renewable Feedstock

This achievement is extraordinary in that it combined Neste's unique renewable feedstock and LyondellBasell's technical capabilities. LyondellBasell's cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany, site, which was converted directly into bio-based polyethylene and bio-based polypropylene. An independent third party tested the polymer products using carbon tracers and confirmed they contained over 30% renewable content.

LyondellBasell sold some of the renewable products produced in the trial to multiple customers, one of which is Cofresco, a company of the Melitta Group and with brands like Toppits and Albal. Cofresco plans to use the Circulen Plus bio-based polyethylene to create sustainable food packaging materials.

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LyondellBasell Industries

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DE 65926 Frankfurt

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