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06-30-2008

LyondellBasell: More Compounding Capabilities by End of 2009

LyondellBasell Industries has announced plans to expand its global polypropylene (PP) compounding capacity to 1.2 million t/a by the end of 2009, which represents a growth rate of over 30%. To address rapidly expanding needs in the Asian region, the company’s Advanced Polyolefins (APO) business has recently relocated its global headquarters to Hong Kong.

According to Paul Yeates, Senior Vice President of LyondellBasell’s APO business a new 15 kt plant in Guangzhou, China, will come on stream in the next months. In addition, the Saudi Polyolefins Company joint venture is constructing a new compounding plant in Damman, Saudi Arabia, and LyondellBasell is also considering additional plant investment options for Russia and India.

Further expansion of the company’s existing sites in Suzhou, China, Rayong, Thailand, and Ensenada, Argentina, is planned. LyondellBasell recently achieved a major milestone in its growth plans by completing the acquisition of Solvay Engineered Polymers, Inc., which consolidated LyondellBasell’s PP compounding position in North America.

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