Lucite International | October 28, 2020
Lucite International (LI) and Agilyx Corporation, a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics, announced today plans to pursue a commercial-scale trial for the recycling of PMMA, commonly known as acrylic, at Agilyx's Tigard, Oregon facility. Following the success of an initial smaller-scale trial using Agilyx's molecular recycling technology, LI, with the support of parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), will further advance its collaboration with Agilyx to deliver fully circular PMMA. Lucite International (LI) aims for commercial realisation of recycled PMMA production by 2023. In the interim, LI is working with all key stakeholders - including MMA (the building block of all acrylic-based products) customers, PMMA customers, manufacturers, distributors, fabricators and recyclers - to develop a robust value chain for all.
TeamViewer | September 04, 2020
TeamViewer, a leading global provider of secure remote connectivity solutions, has expanded its IoT offering and now offers a way to use artificial intelligence in maintenance. Until now, TeamViewer customers in the IoT field have been able to read sensors, set alarms and connect directly to a wide range of devices. Now an intelligent extension in predictive maintenance is being added. This helps to reduce downtimes and save costs
SASOL | November 17, 2020
Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa) announced that its low-density polyethlyene (LDPE) unit reached beneficial operation on 15 November 2020. The LDPE unit is the seventh and final Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) unit to come online. The LCCP is now 100 percent complete with total capital expenditure forecast to be within the previously communicated guidance of $12.8 billion.
“This milestone safely brings our Lake Charles Chemicals Project to a close and sets the stage for the next step in the evolution of our chemicals business,” said Sasol President and Chief Executive Officer Fleetwood Grobler. “The completion of this unit and its impending transition to our joint venture with LyondellBasell will accelerate our transformation to a more specialty chemicals-focused company with a strong presence of base chemicals in our portfolio.”
Sasol’s LDPE unit uses ExxonMobil technology and has a nameplate capacity of 420,000 tons per year (420 ktpa). LDPE is used to manufacture plastic bags, shrink wrap and stretch film, coatings for paper cups and cartons, container lids, squeezable bottles, and other applications. The beneficial operation of the final LCCP unit signals that 100% of total nameplate capacity of the LCCP is operational.
The LDPE unit is one of the three LCCP plants that will form part of the Sasol/LyondellBasell Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene joint venture.
To date, Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemicals Project has generated more than 800 full-time quality manufacturing jobs, with up to 6,500 people on site during construction, $4 billion to Louisiana businesses and nearly $200 million in local and state taxes.