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HMEL’s Polypropylene Unit (PPU), with a capacity of 467 Kilo Tonne (KT), produces the entire range of Homo-Polymer Polypropylene (PP), using the Novolen® gas-phase polypropylene process. The PPU is integrated with the refinery, ensuring feedstock security at all times and uninterrupted supply to customers of all application segments.

Polypropylene is one of the fastest growing polymers, with India's annual growth forecast at 7-8% over the next few decades. It is the most versatile of all thermoplastic polymers and is non-toxic. Today, due to the proximity to a raw material supply source, North Indian states have a great opportunity to spur industrialisation by setting up dedicated plastic clusters.

Polypropylene (PP)

HMEL applies best in class industry practices in all aspects of its PP business. A state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) and testing facility ensures continuous product improvement and supports application development initiatives for customers.

Polypropylene has a broad range of applications and is rapidly penetrating the domain of other polymers and conventional packaging materials. Some of the major applications of PP are given below

Films Textile, Confectionary, Bakery, Metallised Films, Lamination, Packaging
Moulding Furniture, Caps and Closures, Disposable Syringes, Automotives, Appliances, Household Containers, Food Packaging, Paint Pails
Fibre & Filaments Spun-Bonded Fabric, Multi Filament Yarn, Texturised Yarn, Carpet Yarn
Thermoforming Thin Walled Containers
Sheet Fluted Sheets, Stationery Sheets, Glow-Sign Sheets
Raffia Cement, Food-grains, Sugar, Chemicals, Wrapping Fabric, Geogrid

Lummus Novolen Technology GmbH (Novolen) is a leader in polypropylene technology, with worldwide licensed capacity in excess of 7 million metric tons. Novolen is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lummus Technology, Germany, a CB&I Company.

Novolen licenses the Novolen® gas-phase process for the production of polypropylene resins. This highly flexible process is reliable, versatile and environmentally friendly.

HMEL is utilising Novolen® gas-phase polypropylene process using Ziegler-Natta catalysts for the production of a full range of commodity and performance products that meet the requirements of even the most demanding applications. Novolen’s unique Versatile Reactor Concept (VRC) utilizes two vertical, mechanically stirred bed, gas-phase reactors, with which it is possible to achieve broad portfolio of products. Homopolymers can be manufactured either in a single reactor or in parallel operation of two reactors depending on the requirement. Small reactor volumes allow rapid grade changes to meet diverse customer requirements.

Special characteristics available in Novolen Technology are :

  • Bimodal grades for High Line Speed BoPP films
  • High Crystallinity Grades
  • High MFR Controlled Rheology Grades
  • Exceptional lot-to-lot and within-lot Uniformity.
  • High Stiffness grade capability
  • Solvent-free gas-phase process, low fish eyes for film applications
  • High Speed Spinning Application grades