CHICAGO (June 30, 2:10 p.m. EDT) — The Ryton unit of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP is set to cash in on its new compounding plant in Pasadena, Texas, thanks to new products such as Xtel polyphenylene sulfide alloys.
The 15 million-pound PPS compounding plant opened in May, essentially replacing an older line in Borger, Texas, that closed in late 2001, according to Ryton general manager Michael McDonnell.
“With the new site, we can improve the consistency and quality of the product we're shipping out,” McDonnell said in a June 25 interview at NPE in Chicago.
McDonnell added that the new capacity should meet Ryton's compounding needs for the foreseeable future, but growth trends will lead the business to add about 22 million pounds of resin capacity by 2006.
The global PPS market grew 8-10 percent last year, but slowdowns in electronics and auto-related sales should reduce the 2003 growth rate to about 5 percent, McDonnell said.
Xtel, which is described as rubber-modified PPS alloy, is available in filled and unfilled grades. It is being tested with several customers and should be fully commercialized by the end of the year.
The material offers elongation and toughness in film and sheet applications without sacrificing heat resistance, according to the firm. Xtel recently was tested in a number of blow molding products as well, McDonnell said.
Other potential Xtel uses include wire coating, pipe lining and under-the-hood auto components.