Sinopec has launched chemically engineered new materials

Recently, Sinopec officially released the “Specialized, Refined, and Innovative” (专精特新) series of new products at the 35th China International Plastics and Rubber Industry Exhibition. Among them, the POE elastomer adopts a complete set of technologies developed independently by Sinopec, from catalysts to product processing applications, and the construction of industrial facilities has begun. Sinopec is the first domestic technology patent holder with a complete set of independent intellectual property rights for POE.

This announcement indicates that Sinopec continues to focus on innovation and technological research and development in the chemical industry. POE elastomer, as a special polymer material, has excellent elasticity, cold resistance, and weather resistance, and is widely used in rubber products, adhesives, coatings, and other fields. By independently developing and owning a complete set of independent intellectual property rights for POE, Sinopec will gain significant competitive advantages in this field.

This release further promotes Sinopec’s innovation and development in the field of chemical new materials, bringing more choices and development opportunities to the industry.

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SINOPEC EXHIBITION

Sinopec has leveraged the advantages of operating as a large united front. Led by the Technology Department of the Group, Sinopec’s research institutes have been conducting laboratory research since 2010. Subsequently, they embarked on engineering technology development, successfully overcoming numerous technological and engineering challenges, and establishing a complete set of POE technologies, from independent catalysts to product processing applications. In September 2022, a 1,000-ton/year POE pilot plant at Sinopec Maoming Company achieved smooth operation and produced qualified products.

POE is produced using metallocene catalysts through a solution polymerization process, and Sinopec has developed an independent intellectual property POE catalyst system. Prior to this, foreign companies had tight patent coverage on the structure of POE catalysts, and the production technology had long been monopolized by foreign companies, resulting in a complete dependence on imported products.

In addition to POE, the “Specialized, Refined, and Innovative” (专精特新) series of new products from Sinopec also includes polyethylene for breathable films and light-blocking films, metallocene polypropylene, polybutene-1, new barrier materials, and synthetic wood.

These products demonstrate outstanding performance, versatility, innovation, and environmental friendliness. They can meet the diverse needs of customers in different application scenarios, providing a satisfying end-user experience. They showcase Sinopec’s exploration and innovation in packaging, medical, healthcare, functional materials, and other fields, offering comprehensive solutions for various industries.

POE, or polyolefin elastomer, is one of the materials with the lowest density among synthetic materials. It has excellent processing and recyclability, and its production and processing applications are more environmentally friendly compared to rubber. It can be widely used in automotive, construction, medical, and other fields. It is a key core material for the preparation of the next generation of photovoltaic film.

Currently, industrial-scale production of POE has not been achieved in China. However, major chemical companies such as Wanhua and Satellite have announced plans to build POE production capacity, with independently developed technologies.

As of December 2022, China has planned a POE particle production capacity of approximately 2.1 million tons per year. Most companies are steadily progressing through the “pilot-scale to commercial-scale” approach. Wanhua Chemical, Satellite Chemical, and Dongfang Shenghong are currently making rapid progress. For example, Satellite Chemical announced on its investor interaction platform on January 13 that its independently developed POE project is being implemented, and small-scale test products have been sent to downstream customers for testing. The core raw material for POE, alpha-olefin, has a 1,000-ton/year facility that is about to enter the trial production phase.

Chengzhi Corporation accelerates POE development
On February 25, Chengzhi Corporation announced its intention to acquire 100% equity of Huaying Chemical through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qingdao Huaying. After completing the acquisition, the company plans to use the acquired land as the construction site for its POE and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene projects.

Satellite Chemical’s 1,000-ton/year POE production is imminent
Satellite Chemical stated on its investor interaction platform on January 13 that it has a complete ethylene industry chain advantage. Its independently developed POE project is being implemented, and small-scale test products have been sent to downstream customers for testing. Currently, the core raw material for POE, alpha-olefin, has a 1,000-ton/year facility. On March 30, Satellite Chemical announced that the project has been successfully started.

On December 14, 2022, the project’s environmental impact assessment was made public. The total planned investment is 30 million yuan, and the construction period is 10 months. The project relies on the company’s existing ethylene raw materials and mainly constructs a 700-ton/year 1-octene, 300-ton/year 1-hexene, and 180-ton/year mixed heavy olefin facilities. It is reported that the project will adopt catalysts and production technology independently developed by Satellite Chemical Research Institute. This technology uses advanced continuous solution polymerization technology for alpha-olefin production. Ethylene undergoes ethylene co-polymerization under the catalysis of organometallic catalysts to produce alpha-olefins.

Baofeng’s 200,000-ton/year 1-butene project enters the construction phase
Recently, in response to an investor’s question on the investor interaction platform about whether the company has POE film-related products and technical patents, such as high-carbon alpha-olefin products, Baofeng Energy stated that the technology of its Inner Mongolia project has the capability to produce high-carbon alpha-olefin products.

The project mainly includes the construction of three sets of 2.2 million tons/year methanol units (including 7 sets of 110,000 Nm³/h oxygen separation, 3 sets of 562,000 Nm³/h syngas generation, transformation, and heat recovery, and 3 sets of 65,000 tons/year sulfur recovery), three sets of 1 million tons/year methanol-to-olefin units (including olefin separation), three sets of 500,000 tons/year polypropylene units, three sets of 550,000 tons/year polyethylene units, a 200,000-ton/year 1-butene unit, and a 200,000-ton/year steam cracking unit. In addition to producing polypropylene and polyethylene, it also co-produces sulfur, heavy C4, C5+, ethylene tar, MTBE, and other products.

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