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❙ Celanese has completed its acquisition of Italian compounder So.F.Ter. The company said the move near doubles the number of Celanese global engineered materials product platforms. “Additionally, So.F.Ter Group’s sophisticated and modern manufacturing facilities and product portfolio provide a vehicle for additional growth, investment and synergies,” said Scott Sutton, Celanese Executive Vice President and President of Materials Solutions. www.celanese.com www.softergroup.com


❙ Resinex has signed an exclusive market distribution agreement for sales of Selenis’s speciality co-poly- esters. The agreement covers all of Europe except for Italy and Ireland. Selenis said Resinex “has the scale, infrastructure and reputation to increase Selenis’ position in new markets”. www.resinex.com www.selenis.com


❙ Specialty chemicals distributor Gustav Grolman is to sell a range of repro- cessed carbon fibre for its German compatriot CAR FiberTec in Europe. The two companies said the deal will increase market penetration for CAR, while enabling it to offer improved customer service. For Grolman, the addition of the CAR products will complement its range of additives, performance fillers, resins and pigments. www.grolman-group.com www.car-fibertec.de


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SABIC on schedule with European PP pilot plant


SABIC said it is on course to start up its pilot plant for development of its next generation of PP resins at its facility at Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands in March next year. “When it starts up next


year, we will have considerably more capacity to develop new PP materials for commerciali- sation in our current European assets in Geleen and in Gelsenkirchen, Germany,” said Lina Prada, SABIC’s Global PP Technology Director.


The plant, which will use gas-phase polymerisation technology, is the latest in a series of investments being made by SABIC at the Brightlands Chemelot R&D and manufacturing campus at Sittard-Geleen. It will focus on


ExxonMobil is expanding its Beaumont facility to exploit low cost shale feestocks


Installation is underway at SABIC’s new pilot PP plant in the Netherlands


products for the automotive, pipe, appliance and advanced packaging industries. SABIC said it is looking in particular to develop grades with improved stiffness/ impact, flow properties and other specific secondary


properties. It will concentrate on development of impact grades, as well as random copolymers and homopoly- mers. The facility will also carry out experiments on advanced catalysts. ❙ www.sabic.com


ExxonMobil adds PE capacity at Beaumont


ExxonMobil is to expand PE capacity at its facility at Beaumont in Texas, US, by 65%. The investment will expand capacity at the site to


1.65m tonnes and is scheduled for start-up in 2019, the company said. Together with the already announced investments at its two PE units at Mont Belvieu in Texas, the move will see ExxonMobil’s US PE produc- tion capacity grow by 40%, or nearly 2m tonnes. “The availability of vast new supplies of US shale gas and associated liquids for feedstock and energy is a significant advantage that enables expansion to meet strong global demand growth in polyethylene,” said Cindy Shulman, Vice President of ExxonMobil’s Plastics and Resins Business. ❙ www.exxonmobilchemical.com


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