12/02/2011

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Shell implements continuous production line for Caradol in Pernis

Utilising continuous technology avoids interruptions in production due to batch changes, and achieves higher overall plant throughput.  The continuous process technology also imparts some beneficial properties to the polyol including less odour and lower levels of volatile organic compounds. "We have been in the polyols business for over 50 years and intend to maintain our position as a leading supplier to the CASE sector,” says Colin McKendrick, General Manager, Propylene Oxide and Derivatives (PODer), Shell Chemicals. "Our customers are seeing higher demand for their CASE systems and we want to support their growth plans.  By taking an innovative approach to our manufacturing we have been able to significantly boost our CASE production capacity within a very short time frame.” "This project is the latest in a series of projects implemented over the past decade to strengthen our core PODer manufacturing position,” says Sean Clarry, Commercial Manager, Propylene Oxide and Derivatives Europe, Africa and Middle East. "It means more product to meet the needs of both existing Caradol polyols customers, as well as new ones that we haven't been able to support with the required quantities before.”

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