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Ineos Styrolution green lights ASA, ABS additions in the Americas
Ineos Styrolution (Frankfurt, Germany) is responding to growing demand from users in the automotive, construction, electronics, household and healthcare sectors through capacity additions for styrenic resins at two sites in the Americas. A contract for engineering, procurement and construction has been awarded to WorleyParsons.
In Bayport, TX, the supplier will construct a new 100,000-tonnes/year acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) plant. Start-up is scheduled for 2021. Further, 70,000-tonnes/year of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin capacity will be added at the Ineos Styrolution ABS/ASA facility in Altamira, Mexico, taking capacity there to an estimated 250,000 tonnes/year.
The ASA facility will strengthen the Ineos Styrolution position as the only global producer with ASA production capacity in all regions. “I am looking forward to offering our customers additional ASA capacity allowing for more flexible production of specialty grades per their growing demand in the Americas. In addition, we will be able to produce more ABS in our existing plant in Mexico ,also serving the growing ABS market,” explains Alexander Glueck, President Americas.
Kevin McQuade, CEO Ineos Styrolution, comments: “We continue to follow a strong growth path to meet customer needs, particularly in growth markets like the Americas. Our Triple Shift growth strategy [of focus on growing markets, growing industries and innovative products] continues to serve as an excellent advisor.”
ASA resin retains the major characteristics of ABS resin, but also combines the weather resistance advantage of acrylic resin to extend product applications to outdoor use.