KBR to build two polycarbonate production plants in China

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China’s Pingmei Shenma Group (PMSM) has awarded a licence and engineering contract to the US EPC contractor KBR for the construction of two new polycarbonate plants in Kaifeng and Pingdingshan in the Henan Province.

In a 6 Aug statement, KBR said that it will licence its proprietary phosgene-based interfacial polycarbonate technology PCMAX for both of the plants, which will have a capacity of 100 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) each.

The two production units are part of PMSM’s overall polycarbonate strategy, which aims to expand the company’s production capacity to 800ktpa.

According to Yang Jianguo, general manager of PMSM, the investment marks the company’s largest technology import project in recent years.

“This project supports China's requirement for advanced and high-quality developments as well as PMSM's corporate vision of industrial transformation and upgrading," Yang added.

KBR's claims that its PCMAX technology produces “a wide range of high quality polycarbonate product grades with minimal capital investment.”

The Houston, Texas-based company globally licenses and designs polycarbonate synthesis and compounding plants as well as complementary phenolic technologies. The company claims that its integrated phenolics offering provides advantages in raw material, utility, OPEX and maintenance costs.

The company won a similar contract from China’s Cangzhou Dahua New Materials Co., Ltd.(CDNM) in February to build a new polycarbonate plant in Cangzhou City, China.

The plant in Cangzhou will also have a 100ktpa capacity, and is part of CDNM’s strategy to expand annual production to 200 ktpa in the future.

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