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TPC to expand polyisobutylene capacity

1:46 PM MST | February 8, 2013

TPC Group (Houston) has begun engineering to expand capacity for the production of polyisobutylene (PIB). TPC says the expansion will meet growing demand for highly reactive PIB (HR-PIB) products, which are used in lubricants and fuel additives. Imminent changes in technical standards will favor the use of HR-PIB-based dispersants, the company says, and demand for HR-PIBs is on the rise for many other end uses such as automotive sealants and industrial lubricants.“TPC Group is committed to maintaining its position as the premier supplier of PIB in North America,” says president and CEO Michael McDonnell. “We back our commitment to our customers with the security of multiple production units and multiple sources of feedstock supply, including our own isobutylene production unit targeted for startup in 2014.” TPC announced plans to refurbish an existing hydrogenation unit to produce isobutylene in early 2011.

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