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WORKSHOP

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

Polyolefin Technology Workshop

Moderator: Dr. Clifford Lee, Vice President Technology/Market Studies/Conferences, Townsend Solutions, USA

 

A.8:30-12:00 Polyethylene Technology Workshop 

8:30-10:00 Section 1: Conducted by Dr. LinFeng Chen, R&D Leader, The Dow Chemical Company, USA 

Theme: Industry Overview, The History and Evolution of Polyethylene Catalysts and Processes

The 2017 global capacities of HDPE, LLDPE, LDPE, and EVA along with regional consumptions are presented. The growth rate and annual revenue for global polyethylene industry are estimated.  The top 15 highest capacity players are reviewed. Major commercial PE catalyst systems will be reviewed and compared: Cr catalysts (supported), ZN catalysts (supported and non-supported), gas phase catalysts, single modal and bimodal catalysts, metallocene catalysts (bisCP and Uni-Cp), and post metallocene (early transition metal catalysts and later transition catalysts). Processes reviewed are Hyperzone, Unipol I and II, MarTECH SL, MarTECH ADL, Innovene S,  Mitsui CX, LBI’s ACP (Hostalen), Nova’s Sclairtech and Advanced Sclairtech Technology (AST), and Dow Dowlex solution process  etc.  A correlation will be established between catalyst features, polymerization processes, polymer characteristics, polymer rheology, and the markets and applications.PE technology trends and drivers will be presented.

10:00-10:30  Coffee break  

10:30-12:00 Section 2: Conducted by Dr. Shaotian Wang, PO Catalyst Specialist, formerly with Lyondellbasell, USA

Theme: Special Topic -Polyolefin Catalyst Support Technology  

An overview of polyethylene polymerization processes and the importance of PO catalyst support technology are presented.The experimental details as well as the elucidation of the supporting technology will be shared with the class. Illustrating examples will be included.

 

B.13:30-17:00 Polypropylene Technology Workshop

13:30-15:00 Section 1: Conducted by Dr. CP Cheng, Product Manager PO Catalysts, Clariant Corporation, Switzerland

Theme: Industry Overview, the History and Evolution of Polypropylene Catalysts.

The 2017 global capacities of HPP, RCP, ICP, and TPO along with regional consumptions are presented. The growth rate and annual revenue for global polyethylene industry are estimated.  The top 10 highest capacity players are reviewed. Highlights include work by Paul Hogan and Bob Banks of Phillips Petroleum, G. Natta of Milan, Italy.  The six generations of PP catalysts and the Phthalate-free PP Catalysts.

15:00-15:30  Coffee break  

15:30-17:00 Section 2: Conducted by Dr. CP Cheng, Product Manager PO Catalysts, Clariant Corporation, Switzerland

Theme: PP Polymerization Processes and Special topics on feedstock technology such as PDH and metathesis.

Processes reviewed are Spheripol, Spherizone, Unipol PP, Innovene PP, Horizone , Hypol II, Borstar PP, Sumitomo, Catalloy, Vistamaxx, Versify, and Intune etc.

A correlation will be established to correlate catalyst features, polymerization processes, polymer characteristics, polymer rheology, and the markets and applications.   Special topics such as feedstock technologies will be discussed. Trends and Drivers for PP technologies are stated at the end of this session.

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