TRIUNFO, BRAZIL - Brazilian resin producer Ipiranga Petroquimica SA has opted to use Dutch technology to produce polyethylene resin at a new 286 million-pound-per-year line in southern Brazil. Ipiranga, a joint venture be-tween Germany's Hoechst AG and Ipiranga Group, a Brazilian petroleum distributor, has signed a licensing deal with Montell Technology Co. BV of Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, Montell said.
This permits Ipiranga to use Montell's Spherilene gas-phase PE technology at the plant, planned for the country's major petrochemicals complex at Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul state.
The swing line, capable of making high and linear low density PE, is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 1998, to coincide with the operation of a new ethylene cracker at the adjacent Copesul chemical complex.
Ipiranga Petroquimica currently operates two HDPE lines at Triunfo using technology from Hoechst. The new plant will bring the company's total PE capacity to 1.1 billion pounds per year.
Ipiranga Petroquimica, formerly known as Polisul Petroquimica SA, is Brazil's largest HDPE producer.