Borealis, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers, along with customers and honoured local guests, celebrated a hallmark in its global expansion efforts by declaring its new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, US, open. The 50,000 sq. ft. facility, with rail siding in place, adds an initial 66 million pounds of capacity to strengthen Borealis’ and Borouge’s global supply capability for thermoplastic olefin (TPO) and short-glass fiber (SGF) compounds. Among the first compounds produced in the new facility are those used to make automotive interior and exterior parts for major OEM and Tier customers.
“Borealis has long been committed to the global automotive industry,” said Roland Janssen, Managing Director, Borealis North America. “Adding a compounding facility in North America helps drive our growth while also benefiting our customers through regional supply and product development capabilities.”
The plant is ideally located in the southeast region of North America to meet the growing needs of customers. Borealis worked diligently with state and local authorities in North Carolina to execute a brownfield investment with the possibility for further expansion that will benefit both the local economy and the automotive industry. In addition to compound manufacturing, the facility also features state-of-the-art, in-house testing and product development capabilities.
“The industry is further supported by an experienced commercial and technical team with representatives in both the southeast and the Detroit area,” continued Roland Janssen. “The team is ready to introduce Borealis solutions and support customers in their technical implementation of new vehicle programs.”
Coming on stream on schedule early in the first quarter of 2019, Borealis has been supplying compounds from this new facility since February 2019.
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France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?