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Braskem to build UHMWPE plant at Texas site

9:26 AM MDT | July 7, 2014 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Braskem plans to build an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant at its La Porte, TX, site, the company says. Groundbreaking for the new plant will take place during the third quarter, and construction is expected to last approximately 18 months, with completion targeted during the first half of 2016, Braskem adds. Braskem says it is the largest producer of UHMWPE among a limited number of producers. The company has not disclosed the capacity of its existing UHMWPE facilities or that of the new plant, however. The new plant will operate using...

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