LyondellBasell's Spheripol technology selected by SunAllomer

March 31, 2008

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, March 31, 2008 – SunAllomer Ltd., a LyondellBasell Industries joint venture and one of Japan’s most established and successful polypropylene producers, has selected LyondellBasell’s Spheripol technology for a revamp project of one of its existing PP plants in Oita, Japan.

LyondellBasell has also granted a license extension to SunAllomer for the upgrade of its existing Spheripol process unit at the same site. The upgrade will enable the production of high performance PP copolymers.

“The Spheripol process is widely recognized as best-in-class due to its superior economics, proven track record and ability to produce a broad and diverse product slate,” said Just Jansz, President of LyondellBasell’s Technology Business. “What is important is that the Spheripol process has again proven how through continuous rejuvenation it maintains its leading position.”

“As a key PP producer in a highly sophisticated market such as Japan, we must continuously maintain state-of-the-art capabilities, and find innovative solutions to address market needs,” said Godard von Ilsemann, Chief Executive Officer of SunAllomer Ltd. “These projects will enable SunAllomer to provide customers with more value-adding resins that deliver a competitive advantage.”

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

Spherizone – latest generation polypropylene technology based on new multi-zone
circulating reactor technology
Spherilene – advanced swing gas phase process for the production of LLDPE, MDPE
and HDPE
Hostalen – leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of multi-modal HDPE
Lupotech T – leading high pressure tubular reactor process for the production of LDPE and EVA copolymers
Metocene PP – technology for the production of specialty polypropylene products using
single-site catalyst systems


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LyondellBasell Industries is one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals and fuels companies. We are the global leader in polyolefins technology, production and marketing; a pioneer in propylene oxide and derivatives; and a significant producer of fuels and refined products, including bio-fuels.  Through research and development, LyondellBasell develops innovative materials and technologies that deliver exceptional customer value and products that improve quality of life for people around the world. Headquartered in The Netherlands, LyondellBasell ( is privately owned by Access Industries.


SunAllomer, a joint venture of LyondellBasell Industries, Showa Denko K.K. and Nippon Oil Corporation, is one of Japan´s key polypropylene producers. SunAllomer combines the global leadership of LyondellBasell with the local expertise of two of Japan´s leading industrial companies. By building on these strengths, SunAllomer delivers sustainable value to a variety of industries such as automotive, electronics, food packaging, house wares by offering innovative polypropylene and compounds that address customers´ most challenging application requirements. The company works closely with both customers and suppliers to generate value-adding business relationships. SunAllomer has a strong commitment to protecting the environment and carries out all its activities with a strong dedication to quality, health and safety.

For further information, please contact: GA, HR & Compliance Group, Corporate Service Division, SunAllomer Ltd. (Tel: 03 5781 5608)

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