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Westlake Founder Dies at 86

11:07 AM MDT | March 18, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Chao: Asian petchem industry pioneer. Ting Tsung “T.T.” Chao, founder and former chairman of both Westlake Chemical (Houston) and Titan Chemical (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), died on March 7 at the age of 86. Chao is credited with building Tawain’s first polyvinyl chloride plant in 1954, and ten years later founded China General Plastics Group (Taiwan), which included China General Plastics Corp., Taita Chemical Co., and Asia Polymers Corp. Chao turned his attention to the U.S. market in 1986 and set up Westlake via the acquisition of an idled...

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