LyondellBasell’s Spheripol and Hostalen technology selected for Jiangsu Fenghai complex in China

July 01, 2021

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, 30 June, 2021 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), the world’s largest licensor of polyolefin technologies, today announced Jiangsu Fenghai High-tech Materials Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu Fenghai), will use the LyondellBasell Spheripol and Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (Hostalen ACP)  technology for its new facility.

The process technology will be used for a 400 kilotons per annum (KTA) Spheripol and 300 KTA Hostalen ACP plant, to be built in Lianyungang, Jiangsu, P.R. China.

“We are delighted that Jiangsu Fenghai has awarded LyondellBasell these substantial licenses for their first polyolefin project,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at LyondellBasell. Nadalin added: “Jiangsu Fenghai’s technology selection will enable them to produce benchmark polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) products using LyondellBasell’s Spheripol and Hostalen ACP low pressure processes.  These products  continue to be in high demand in China today.”  

Mr. Zhao Zanli, General Manager of Jiangsu Fenghai said, “The choice of reliable, robust and proven technology for producing renowned polyolefin resins was key when selecting LyondellBasell as the licensor for our polyolefin complex. Selecting technology from an organization, which in addition to licensing technology experience, also has in-house operational know-how and deep market insights, gives us the confidence needed to focus on the overall implementation of the project.”

Spheripol technology is the leading polypropylene (PP) process technology with more than 30 million tons of licensed capacity. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements that further maximize operational efficiency. The plant will commence operations using Avant ZN catalyst.

The Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high performance, multi-modal HDPE resins with an industry-leading stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and process advantages used in pressure pipe, film and blow molding applications. The Hostalen ACP plant will commence operations using Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts to produce a full range of multi-modal HDPE products.

New licensees have the option of joining LyondellBasell’s Technical Service Program. Through this program, they can benefit fromof LyondellBasell’s in-house expertise of continuous production improvement, sustainable product development and catalyst.

In addition to the Spheripol and Hostalen ACP process technology, LyondellBasell’s portfolio of licensed polyolefin processes and catalysts includes:

  • Spherizone – The breakthrough multi-zone circulating reactor provides a unique and innovative platform to manufacture polypropylene products with novel architecture and enhanced properties
  • Lupotech – The market leader on high pressure technology offers, with its high conversion rates and effective heat recovery system, the lowest operating and investment costs for the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers
  • Spherilene – Flexible gas phase process technology for the production of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), medium density polyethylene (MDPE) and HDPE
  • Metocene PP – Innovative add-on technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using single-site catalyst systems
  • Avant – Advanced Ziegler-Natta, including non-phthalate, chromium and metallocene catalysts for the entire range of polyolefin production.

About LyondellBasell:

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to FORTUNE Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at

Spherizone, Lupotech, Spherilene, Metocene and Avant are trademarks owned and/or used by the LyondellBasell family of companies.


For information, contact: Neil Nadalin (+49 69 30585454)