LyondellBasell Begins Production at New PP Compounding Plant in Dalian, China

LyondellBasell Begins Production at New PP Compounding Plant in Dalian, China

PR Newswire

HOUSTON and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, Sept. 21, 2017

HOUSTON and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies
in the world, today announced the successful startup of a new 20 kilotonne per
year polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Dalian, China. This is the
company's third facility in China, strategically located to serve the region's
growing automotive market.

LyondellBasell's new PP Compounding Plant in Dalian, China will allow the
company to serve automotive customers in the strategically important North
China region.

"With China's automobile market poised for significant growth over the next
several years this facility allows us to better serve our customers, reduce
shipping time and logistics costs while delivering a strong return for our
shareholders," said LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel. "This plant leverages our
global value chain, from polypropylene technology to specialized compounded
products, for the benefit of our customers in the region."

LyondellBasell is the largest producer of PP compounds in the world, with 15
wholly owned facilities, including the Dalian plant, and three joint ventures
in 12 countries. Currently in China, LyondellBasell operates PP compounding
plants in Suzhou and Guangzhou. The addition of the Dalian plant allows the
company's further expansion into the strategically important North China
region which is home to a number of major automobile manufacturers including
BMW, Daimler, GM, Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan and Chery.

"This plant will supply our customers with the innovative products they need
to produce more efficient and comfortable vehicles and allow us to maintain
our leadership position in the automotive sector," said Richard Roudeix,
LyondellBasell senior vice president, Olefins & Polyolefins, Europe, Asia and

Jean Gadbois, LyondellBasell senior vice president, Manufacturing, Europe,
Asia and International, added, "Our plants in China use the same process and
materials as the plants in other strategic regions to guarantee uniformity of
specifications for our global customers."

LyondellBasell's PP compounds are found in almost all modern vehicles and
significantly contribute to improved fuel efficiency and the ability of
automobile manufacturers to comply with strict environmental standards for car
interiors. For example:

  o Vehicle weight can be reduced by high-flow materials, allowing a reduction
    in wall thickness without compromising mechanical properties;
  o Components displaying a visual metallic effect can be molded-in-color for
    paint-free exterior applications;
  o Soft touch polypropylene compounds provide a pleasant experience in door
    panels, trims and handles for interior applications;
  o Materials containing low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and low odor
    for use in car interior components that meet strict environmental
    standards and protect the health of the passengers; and,
  o Low density talc-filled compounds that provide a lightweight alternative
    for both interior and exterior applications.

Most recently, in 2015, the company announced the strategic acquisition of SJS
Plastiblends Pvt. Ltd and the PP compounding assets of Zylog Plastalloys Pvt.,
making LyondellBasell the third largest producer of PP compounds in India. All
LyondellBasell PP compounding plants provide tailor-made solutions allowing
automobile parts to meet demanding automotive specifications while providing
consistency with global quality standards.


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