LAPORTE, TEXAS - Quantum Chemical Co. announced Dec. 18 it will permanently close two, old high density polyethylene reactors at its LaPorte complex. Quantum is shutting two units with the capacity to produce 110 million pounds of HDPE a year, and will replace the capacity with a linear low density line at its Port Arthur, Texas, facility that it is converting to produce HDPE. The Port Arthur line is based on BP gas-phase, PE technology, the company said.
The LaPorte reactors will be closed in the second quarter, and the Port Arthur conversion will be completed in the third quarter, the company said.
When the dust settles from the closings and conversion, Quantum said it will have rated capacity to produce 1.85 billion pounds of HDPE a year.
Quantum said its planned closing of the LaPorte reactors is consistent with its continuing plans to close less-efficient, less-economical production units to keep its production modern and competitive.
The company said in a prepared statement that personnel affected by the closing will be transferred to a new, previously announced gas-phase LLDPE production line at LaPorte. That line is to begin production in the fourth quarter.