Dow Wire & Cable Participates in U.K. Sustainable Power Cables Project

Dow Wire & Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates (“Dow”), announced today that it has joined a multi-disciplinary project in the United Kingdom focused on the development of sustainable power cable material technologies. Through this project, Dow Wire & Cable aims to identify the next generation of plastic cable materials for the power generation industry, capable of delivering improved whole-life performance with a reduced environmental impact. Participation in this exciting project is an example of Dow’s commitment to meet its 2015 Sustainability Goals, which include aggressive targets for improvements in the company’s product stewardship.
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Foster Wheeler USA Wins Coker Contract for BP Whiting Refinery in U.S.

Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its subsidiary Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been awarded contracts by BP Products North America for the engineering, procurement and fabrication of a 102,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) six-drum delayed coking unit and gas plant facilities at BP’s Whiting refinery in Indiana, U.S.
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Borealis and Uponor launch first water footprint initiative in the plastics industry

Thursday, Aug 21, 2008
Borealis, a leading provider of innovative value creating plastic solutions and Uponor, a leading supplier of plumbing and heating systems, have announced at the World Water Week in Stockholm a joint initiative to pilot for the first time the concept of water footprint to the manufacturing of a plastic application.
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LyondellBasell Starts up New PP Compounding Plant in Mexico

LyondellBasell Industries has announced the start-up of a new polypropylene (PP) compounding facility in Altamira, Mexico, with a nominal capacity of 30 KT per year. The company is the leading global producer of PP compounded products and supplies the automotive, appliance, electrical and electronics sectors.
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Dow Publishes its 2007 Report to Stockholders

In his annual letter to shareholders, Andrew Liveris, chief executive officer and chairman of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW ), summed up 2007 as a significant year for Dow …a year in which the organization demonstrated it has the right strategy, right people and right products to succeed in today’s marketplace.

“In a year of increasing uncertainty in the U.S. economy and continued increases in the costs of feedstocks and energy, our Company posted solid financial results. Perhaps more important, however, we took meaningful strides to establish Dow as an earnings-growth company,” said Liveris.

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ExxonMobil Chemicals specialty elastomers improve flexibility ease processing of wire and cable compounds

ExxonMobil Chemical will present its broad portfolio of specialty elastomers for wire and cable applications at Chinaplas 2008 Hall W2 W2B31. Vistalon™ EPDM* rubber, Exact™ plastomers and Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) can improve flexibility in polyolefin-based compositions. In addition, these specialty elastomers are cost competitive and all are available in pellet form for easier processing. They are all compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives, and a wide range of the grades are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved

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Dow cutting EG production at Terneuzen

The Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday that it will transition to ethylene oxide (EO)-only production at its EO/EG plant in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, shutting down production of ethylene glycol (EG) at the site before the end of 2008. In 2009, Dow will implement an efficiency improvement project that will enable a 22 percent increase in purified EO production capacity and significantly reduce emissions at the plant.

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Borealis Company Information

Borealis at a glance

Delivering innovative, value creating plastics solutions

With more than 40 years of experience in polyolefins and using our unique Borstar® technology, we focus on providing plastic materials to the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our production facilities, innovation centres and service centres work with customers in more than 120 countries to provide materials that make an essential contribution to society and sustainable development. We are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and to leading the way in Shaping the Future with Plastics™.

Our polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) products continue to enhance society and address challenges such as providing clean drinking water and sanitation to millions of people around the globe and safe, light, energy-saving components for cars and aeroplanes. We live by our values of Responsible, Respect, Exceed and Nimblicity™ – a value we created as an expression of what makes us different.

From simple everyday products that make life easier to step-changing technological developments, we are leading the way and Shaping the Future with Plastics. 

Feedstocks and olefins

As an integrated polyolefins company, Borealis ensures a secure, cost-efficient supply of hydrocarbon feedstocks for our crackers, and olefins for our PE and PP plants.

Borealis purchases basic feedstocks from the oil and gas industries and converts these into ethylene and propylene through its olefin units. These feedstocks include:

  • Naphtha
  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Ethane

Our steam crackers in Finland, Sweden, and Abu Dhabi (joint venture with ADNOC) produce both ethylene and propylene, while propylene is also produced in a propane dehydrogenation plant in Belgium. The balance of our olefin needs is sourced primarily from one of our owners, OMV. We also sell a variety of co-products from the cracking process.


Innovation plays a central role in Borealis’ strategy of creating and delivering value to customers. Borealis’ polymer research and product development focuses on high-performance, cost-effective, differentiated polymers. Approximately 10% of our workforce makes up our technology organisation at three Innovation Centres in Austria, Finland and Sweden, which act to minimise the time to market for new products.

Approximately 30% percent of Borealis’ research and development budget is dedicated to reaching far beyond the customers’ current challenges to tomorrow’s solutions. Borstar technology is revolutionising the scope of plastics solutions possible today and in the future.