Tie-ups: Hengli to use Invista tech for two PTA lines in China; Lubrizol and Grasim Industries partner for India’s largest CPVC resin plant

Hengli to use Invista tech for two PTA lines in China

Invista’s technology and licensing group, Invista Performance Technologies (IPT), and Hengli Petrochemical (Huizhou) Co, a subsidiary of Hengli Group (Hengli), have reached agreement to license Invista’s P8 purified terephathalic acid (PTA) technology for two PTA lines. These two lines will be installed at Xiachong, Daya Bay, Huizhou City, Guangdong province, China.

Hengli is also operating another five PTA lines on Changxing Island (Dalian), all of which utilise Invista’s PTA technology, with a total capacity of 12 million tonnes/year.

Adam Sackett, IPT vice president PTA, commented, “We are very pleased that our industry-leading P8 PTA technology has been selected again by Hengli Group. Our companies have a decade-long cooperation, and we look forward to working together on this new project, leverage the learning on Hengli PTA 4/5 and deliver a successful project.”

Lubrizol and Grasim Industries partner for India’s largest CPVC resin plant

Meanwhile, in other news, to meet growing demand for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe and fittings in India, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, a US specialty chemical and CPVC supplier, and Grasim Industries, a flagship company of India’s Aditya Birla Group, have entered into a definitive agreement to manufacture and supply CPVC resin in India.

Once commissioned, this near 100,000-tonne/year CPVC plant at Grasim’s site in Vilayat, Gujarat, will be the largest single-site capacity for CPVC resin production globally. The project will take part in two phases, with the first phase of production expected to be operational in late 2022. The CPVC resin produced at Vilayat will enable product sold under Lubrizol’s FlowGuard Plus, Corzan and BlazeMaster brands.

This collaboration, in support of the Government of India’s “Make in India” initiative, is expected to bolster economic development in the state of Gujarat. To further support the local market, Lubrizol will make additional investments in the coming years to expand its existing CPVC compound plant in Dahej, Gujarat and establish a local innovation centre as demand continues to grow.

India is amongst the largest consumers of CPVC, primarily in the form of plumbing pipe and fittings, and growing needs for clean water in all residential and commercial buildings will drive continued growth. Lubrizol is the inventor and largest manufacturer of CPVC resin and CPVC compounds worldwide. With billions of feet installed globally, Lubrizol’s CPVC solutions enable long-lasting systems and reliable access to clean, safe drinking water to millions of homes, in alignment with the company’s mission to help the world Live Better. To-date, Lubrizol products have been instrumental in delivering safer water to some 200 million citizens in South Asia. Lubrizol has plans to introduce other advanced water management solutions in India in the future.

With this investment to supply resin to its existing compounding plant in Dahej, Gujarat, Lubrizol becomes the only company in India with end-to-end CPVC capability. In addition to its regional manufacturing capabilities, Lubrizol continues to strengthen its customer network, collaborating with local leaders like Ashirvad Pipes, an Aliaxis company, and Prince Pipes to ensure robust distribution in India and South Asia. As part of its regional support, Lubrizol is also committed to the ongoing development of plumbers in India, having trained nearly 100,000 local plumbers on installation of advanced plumbing systems.

This collaboration also will enable Aditya Birla Group and Lubrizol Corporation to explore collaboration opportunities across additional segments, such as water management, construction, textiles, automotive and piping by leveraging the technologies and market channels of both groups.

Grasim Industries Limited, a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, ranks amongst the top publicly listed companies in India. Incorporated in 1947, it started as a textiles manufacturer in India. Today, it is a producer of viscose staple fibre, the largest chlor-alkali, linen and snsulators player in India.


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