MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Melbourne-based Montell Australia Pty Ltd. expects a A$50 million (US$36.4 million) upgrade of its polypropylene plant at Clyde, Australia, to be finished this month. The plant and other operations of Shell Chemical (Australia) were transferred to Montell after the formation of a new plastics firm, Montell Polyolefins, a worldwide merger of the polyolefin operations of the Shell group of companies and Montedison SpA, including Himont Inc.
The upgrade of the Clyde plant will increase annual PP capacity by 50 percent, from 176.3 million pounds to 264.5 million pounds. Montell's other PP plant at Geelong, Australia, has an annual capacity of 110.2 million pounds.
Other former Shell operations acquired by Montell include downstream businesses - Shorko Australia Pty Ltd., a PP film producer based in Wodonga, Australia, and a 50 percent share in PolyPacific Pty Ltd., a PP compounding business based in Dandenong, Australia.