Twenty years after selling off its polypropylene business, Shell Chemicals returns to plastics production, according to an article from Plastics Technology. The company launches Shell Polymers, a new polyethylene business that Emma Lewis, general manager, says, “aims to change the way day-to-day business in polyethylene is currently conducted.”
Shell is building a PE plant in Potter Township, Beaver County, Pa. with proximity to more than 70% of the North American PE market, according to the article. When complete, the facility reportedly foresees production with “an average capacity of 3.3 billion lb/yr of ethylene and three PE units running LLDPE and HDPE with a combined production capacity of approximately 3.5 billion lb/yr.” The site will also house a Shell Polymers Innovation Center, a regional technology hub and testing lab.
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