LyondellBasell opens Technology Centre developing process technologies chemical catalysts

LyondellBasell opens technology centre in Houston, US

12:02 PM, 1st October 2013
LyondellBasell opens new Technology Centre

HOUSTON, US: LyondellBasell has opened the 70,000-square-foot Houston Technology Centre to develop process technologies and chemical catalysts for its Intermediates and Derivatives business. Research and development activities at the facility will focus on improving catalyst and process technologies to reduce manufacturing costs, improve yields, and lower capital costs of new construction for LyondellBasell’s global chemicals business.

The centre will employ approximately 80 people, 22 of whom relocated from the company’s former facility near Philadelphia, with the balance hired locally. The new facility is adjacent to the company’s largest US manufacturing complex in Channelview, east of Houston.

Proprietary technologies supported at the site include propylene oxide, butanediol and derivatives, glycols and glycol ethers, acetyls, olefins and solvents. Manufacturing plants supported by the centre include three Houston-area facilities in Channelview, Bayport and La Porte, Texas, as well as Botlek and Maasvlakte, Netherlands, Fos-sur-Mer, France, and a joint venture in Ningbo, China.

“Having a research centre for our intermediates business on the US Gulf Coast in proximity to our manufacturing, commercial and engineering operations creates a critical mass that did not previously exist. We have leading technologies in propylene oxide and acetyls and this action reaffirms our commitment to maintain our industry leadership in these areas,” said Patrick Quarles, Senior Vice President, Intermediates and Derivatives, LyondellBasell.

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