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Grace Licenses Innovative UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology to BPCL
Grace Licenses Innovative UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology to BPCL

Grace Licenses Innovative UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology to BPCL

  • 20-Jun-2024 11:49 AM
  • Journalist: Sasha Fernandes

W. R. Grace & Co. (Grace), a top global provider of polypropylene (PP) process and polyolefin catalyst technologies, announced that Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India's second-largest oil marketing company, has expanded its licenses for Grace’s UNIPOL® PP process technology. BPCL plans to use the technology with CONSISTA® catalysts in a new 400 kilotons per annum (KTA) reactor unit in Kochi, Kerala, and a 550 KTA reactor unit in Bina, Madhya Pradesh.

Thomas Deman, President of Specialty Catalysts, Supply Chain, and Procurement at Grace, stated: "The issuance of these two new licenses demonstrates the significant benefits BPCL gains from collaborating with Grace. Our advanced process technology and catalysts will allow BPCL to manufacture a diverse array of high-quality polypropylene resins. Additionally, our expertise will assist in optimizing their reactors to address the increasing demand in India. Grace is honored to support BPCL in this endeavor."

Grace holds a prominent position as a global licensor of polypropylene process technology, boasting a licensed production capacity exceeding 33 million tons worldwide, with over 4,500 KTA specifically in India. Utilizing the UNIPOL® PP process technology, Grace produces high-performance, fully recyclable polypropylene resins. These resins are widely used in automotive parts, packaging, and consumer products.

Grace, a Standard Industries company, is founded on talent, technology, and trust, and is a leading global supplier of catalysts, engineered materials, and fine chemicals. The company’s two main business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—offer innovative products, technologies, and services designed to improve customers' products and processes worldwide. With a workforce of over 4,500 employees, Grace operates and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The trademark GRACE® is registered by W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn in the United States and various other countries around the world.

Grace's UNIPOL® PP technology, which operates entirely in the gas phase, provides innovative solutions with its commitment to Plant Lifetime Performance™. This ensures that licensees can excel in the competitive global market for polypropylene resins. With over 100 reactor lines licensed worldwide, the UNIPOL® PP technology community produces the industry's widest array of PP homopolymers, random and impact copolymers, and terpolymers, offering nearly 300 standard grades to choose from.

The UNIPOL® PP technology is a cutting-edge engineering solution designed for mechanical and operational simplicity. It offers lower total installed costs and operating expenses, faster project schedules, quick start-ups, smooth grade transitions, and improved business outcomes for customers.

The outstanding product and economic performance result from the seamless integration of Grace's exclusive UNIPOL® PP technology, CONSISTA® catalyst and donor systems, UNIPOL UNIPPAC® process control software, REFLECTN™ plant simulator software, and extensive global technical service and support. This combination offers licensees an unmatched advantage, allowing them to achieve optimal Plant Lifetime Performance™ and superior business outcomes.

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