Hyundai Chemical Co. has selected Unipol PE polyethylene polymerisation technology from Univation Technologies, for a new 300 ktpa high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant to be built at its site in Daesan, South Korea.
The Korean chemicals company will employ a range of products from Univation’s HDPE technology portfolio including the Acclaim K-100 catalyst series for advanced HDPE products such as film, large part blow moulding (LPBM) and geomembrane applications.
The PE technology involves a Unipol PE reactor line, with a flexible design, which will also be used for future linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and metallocene polyethylene (mPE) products.
The technology, according to Univation, provides a flexible technology platform with full-density product capabilities allowing for the manufacturing of a broad range of HDPE and LLDPE applications in a single-reactor platform – including bimodal and unimodal HDPE and metallocene LLDPE and HDPE as well as conventional LLDPE.
Hyundai will also invest in a Premier APC+2 process control system, which is specifically designed for Unipol PE Technology, to increase production rates, facilitate product transitions and enhance overall economic performance.
“This new Unipol PE Reactor will provide Hyundai with a robust portfolio of competitive and well-recognised HDPE products covering… key growth opportunities in domestic and export markets,” said Dr. Steven Stanley, president of Univation Technologies.
According to Jung, Im-ju, executive director at the Hyundai Chemical Plant, the new facility aims to address growing demand in the region for high-performance HDPE products.
“This new capacity addition was recognised as essential to satisfy our customers’ growing needs,” he added.
Hyundai Chemical was established from a strategic joint venture between Hyundai Oilbank and Lotte Chemical in May 2014.
The company claims that its main product mixed xylene (MX) has been in short supply in the Asia Pacific region since 2015.
Univation is a JV business of the Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil formed to license the Unipol PE process, and to develop, manufacture and sell catalysts for the platform.