LyondellBasell Grants Spherizone and Lupotech Licenses to Sinopec

November 08, 2013

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 8, 2013 – LyondellBasell’s industry-leading polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) technologies have been selected for four new plants planned in China.  China Petrochemical International Company Limited (Sinopec International) has once again selected the Spherizone PP and Lupotech PE process technologies for plants proposed in Zhanjiang, Dachang, and Jinshan, China. Start-up is expected in 2016.

“LyondellBasell polyolefin technologies are among the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective in the world,” said Bob Patel, executive vice president of Olefins and Polyolefins -- Europe, Asia, International, and Technology.  “Sinopec’s selection of one Spherizone PP license and three Lupotech A PE/EVA process technology licenses, for their four new facilities in China, attests to the trust customers place in our technology portfolio for innovation and performance.”

Spherizone and Lupotech process technology offer reliable, efficient and cost-effective solutions for PP and low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers. Spherizone technology is used in the production of high-performance PP and novel polyolefin resins with expanded properties. Spherizone offers various novel and premium products through multi-zone circulating reactor technology with excellent operability and low operating costs.  Lupotech offers high pressure tubular and autoclave process technology for the production of high-quality LDPE and EVA with fast start-up and grade changes.

LyondellBasell is a global leader in the development and licensing of polyolefin processes and related catalysts for the production of the entire polyethylene and polypropylene product portfolio.

In addition to the Spherizone and Lupotech process technologies, LyondellBasell’s portfolio of licensed polyolefin technologies and associated technical services is comprised of:

  • Spheripol – leading polypropylene technology for the production of homopolymer, random and heterophasic copolymers
  • Metocene PP – technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems
  • Hostalen – a low-pressure slurry process for the production of high-performance multimodal HDPE
  • Spherilene – flexible, gas-phase process technology for the production of LLDPE, MDPE and HDPE

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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500.  LyondellBasell ( manufactures products at 58 sites in 18 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

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