Lyondell Chemical Company has increased Arcosolv PM (propylene glycol methyl ether) capacity to meet increasing global customer demand.
Lyondell has upped the production of Arcosolv PM from 95,000 metric tons to 130,000 metric tons at its Botlek plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Lyondell also produces Arcosolv PM at its Bayport plant in Pasadena, TX. This expansion has been made possible through Operational Excellence, Lyondell’s approach to driving continuous improvement in its manufacturing and distribution operations, resulting in a low-cost debottleneck.
“The capacity increase for Arcosolv PM sends a strong message to our customers that we plan to meet their current and future needs for this key solvent,” said Marc Quintus, business manager, acetyls, solvents and C4 specialties, EMEA, Lyondell. “With Lyondell’s strength in the production of propylene oxide, and our two world-scale Arcosolv PM plants, which now have a combined capacity of 190,000 metric tons, Lyondell confirms its commitment to be a leading supplier of propylene oxide-based glycol ethers.”
Arcosolv PM provides good solvency for many resin applications, including acrylics, epoxies, alkyds, polyesters, nitrocellulose and polyurethanes. It is useful in cleaning, textile, adhesive and ink formulations, and as an intermediate for agricultural products.