Lyondell Basell announced its Knapsack-site in Germany is now the world’s largest polypropylene compounding facility. The manufacturing site earned the new title with the startup of its fifth production line.
Rotterdam/The Netherlands; Houston/USA — With a new total annual production capacity of more than 200 kilotons (kt) per year, Lyondell Basell's Knapsack-site is officially the largest polypropylene compounding facility in the world. The latest measures added a line capacity of 25 kt per year. This is the latest in a series of debottlenecking projects in the company's polypropylene compounding plants in Europe to support growing demand.
An important area of application of these polypropylene products are lightweight parts for automobiles. Frank Noeltgen, Senior Director APS Business Europe, expects the development of electric vehicles where components are needed for battery packs and under-the-hood applications to support this trend. The new product is also getting the attention of OEMs due to its lightweight benefits that are to help manufacturers meet the European Commission’s requirements by significantly reduce their CO2 emissions for future vehicle models.
The facility is an important addition to the group's Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) global business including Milton Keynes and Warrington, UK; Kerpen and Bayreuth, Germany; Dungguan, China; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Tarragona, Spain; Senai Malaysia; Sumare, Brazil; and Evansville, Indiana in the United States. Approximately 160 employees are working in Knapsack. With the expansion of the new production line, another 12 jobs were added.