Grace and Dow to Develop Next-Generation Catalysts for Polypropylene Production
COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 29, 2012--
W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) announced today that it has entered into
an agreement with The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) to develop new
catalysts for polypropylene production. The catalysts, which use one of
Dow’s non-phthalate internal donor technologies and Grace proprietary
catalyst expertise, will be sold by Grace under the HYAMPP™ brand.
HYAMPP™ catalysts are non-phthalate catalysts with industry-leading
activity and performance benefits, and represent sixth-generation
technology. They enable producers to make resins that improve the
performance of plastics, including better clarity, stiffness and impact
strength, providing a pathway to new applications requiring more
demanding properties that cannot be met by current generation catalysts.
Customers can use the resins in a broad range of applications such as
films, high-performance pipe, automobile parts, household appliances and
household containers. Grace expects to begin commercial production of
the new catalysts in 2012.
“We are continuously looking for ways to better meet the needs of our
customers and the end-users of their products,” said Tony Dondero, Vice
President and General Manager of Grace’s Specialty Catalysts & Process
Technologies product line. “This technology enables our customers to
produce new and advanced polypropylene products, including stronger,
clearer resins with improved processability while also improving plant
“Dow is continuously strengthening our ability to bring enhanced
technology to the polypropylene market,” said Tracy Cleckler, Global
Commercial Director for Dow Licensing and Catalysts. “This agreement
broadens Dow’s reach in the polypropylene industry and aids
manufacturers in their quest to meet increasing global demand for
premium, value-added polypropylene products.”
Grace has been a leading producer and supplier of advanced polyolefin
catalysts for more than 50 years. The development and commercialization
of these new catalysts is one of many ways in which Grace has grown its
polypropylene catalyst capabilities. In 2011, Grace completed the
expansion of its manufacturing facility in Worms, Germany to increase
production of Ziegler-Natta polypropylene catalysts. In 2010, Grace
acquired Synthetech, Inc. for additional single-site and polypropylene
catalyst manufacturing and technology capability.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to
passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company
connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability
to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as
the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation,
and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified
industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials,
agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of
technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately
160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water,
energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The
Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36
countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean
The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless
otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and
packaging materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building
materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace
Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace
Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies and
services that enhance the quality of life. Grace employs approximately
6,000 people in over 40 countries and had 2011 net sales of $3.2
billion. More information about Grace is available at www.grace.com.
Source: W. R. Grace & Co.
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