LyondellBasell’s world-class HDPE plant achieves one million tonnes milestone

April 23, 2008

Rotterdam, Netherlands, April 23, 2008 – LyondellBasell’s world-scale Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) 320 KT per year HDPE plant, located in Wesseling, Germany, has produced one million tonnes of prime HDPE grades since start-up in 2004.

Hostalen resins are the materials of choice for use in pipe, high performance film and blow molding applications. Within the pipe market, these resins are selected by customers for use in municipal water, gas and sewage systems and new drinking water projects throughout the world.

The property spectrum of HDPE has been broadened even further through our latest-generation Hostalen process technology,” said Ulrich Schulte, Pipe & Sheet Application Development & Technical Service Manager for LyondellBasell. “In piping applications, our new Hostalen CRP 100 RESIST CR Black resin exhibits excellent high stiffness/impact balance and superior resistance to creep and environmental stress cracking far beyond that of standard grades.”

According to Elke Damm, LyondellBasell’s Hostalen Technology Manager, the company’s largest HDPE facility “utilizes a versatile combination of reactors which result in products exhibiting a combination of properties that are not achievable with conventional unimodal or bimodal HDPE grades.”

Note for editorial offices: Press photographs can be also downloaded from  To access the link, please enter:

USERID: mediaviews

Password: media

Please click on the plus sign that appears in front of “Media” and select “14”. Then download the photo in the preferred resolution.

 # # #

 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.

For information, contact:
Media – Waldemar Oldenburger, +49 69 305 854 59