Rextac reopening polypropylene resin line in Texas

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: November 8, 2013 11:19 am ET
Updated: November 8, 2013 1:02 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Materials Suppliers

Shale gas is bringing more polypropylene resin to the North American market in the form of almost 600 million pounds of new capacity from Rextac LLC in Odessa, Texas.

Rextac will add that capacity by re-opening a dormant PP line at the site and by building a new PP train as well, president Nick Fowler said in a Nov. 8 phone interview. The firm also will add almost 700 million pounds of capacity for propylene monomer by building a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit.

Privately owned Rextac is expected to spend about $700 million on the projects, which will create 155 permanent jobs and numerous temporary construction jobs. Commercial production is set to begin in the third quarter of 2016.

"We're doing this because of the North American feedstock advantage," said Fowler, who joined with several partners to buy the plant from Flint Hills Resources in 2009. The plant currently makes specialty amorphous polyalphaolefin (APAO) resin.

PP made at the site will be sold into non-wovens, BOPP film and other applications, Folwer said. Rextac also will compound some of the new resin at Orrex Plastics, a compounding business it owns and operates adjacent to the plant.


Comments

Rextac reopening polypropylene resin line in Texas

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: November 8, 2013 11:19 am ET
Updated: November 8, 2013 1:02 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

ISO publishes international standard for measuring phthalates in toys

August 19, 2014 10:40 am ET

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published an international standard on phthalates used as plasticizers in...    More

Image

RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico

August 19, 2014 9:47 am ET

RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.    More

Image

Ineos takes its first step into UK shale exploration

August 18, 2014 1:15 pm ET

Ineos Group AG has moved into United Kingdom shale exploration with the purchase of BG Group’s 51 percent share of the shale section of a joint ...    More

Image

Construction firm invests in bioplastics maker Meredian

August 15, 2014 10:22 am ET

Bioplastics maker Meredian Inc. didn't have to go far to find a new investor.    More

Image

Sabic gets cracking on US shale gas imports

August 14, 2014 11:46 am ET

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. is modifying its cracker at Teesside, England, to handle shale gas imported from the United States. The $15 million crack...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events