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Thyssenkrupp to construct two polymer plants in Turkey

PKBR Staff Writer Published 04 December 2017

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions' subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer has been awarded a contract to build two new polymer plants in Turkey for SASA Polyester Sanayi.

Under the contract, Thyssenkrupp will be responsible for the provision of basic and detail engineering, the delivery of all necessary components, and technical services for erection, pre-commissioning and commissioning supervision of the two projects.

Uhde Inventa-Fischer CEO Werner Steinauer said: “We are very proud that SASA chose us to build another two state-of-the art PET plants after we were already contracted to build one of the largest polyester lines last year.

“Our commercially tried-and-tested MTR process provides our customers with optimized energy consumption, maximum utilization of feedstocks and effective plant operation, thus significantly reducing the total conversion cost compared with conventional technologies.”

Of the two plants, one plant will be equipped to produce 1,050 metric tons per day (380,000 tons per year) of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for low-viscosity applications.

The other facility will produce 216,000 tons per year of resin required for the production of PET bottles. It will feature Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s patented MTR technology to eliminate solid-state polycondensation (SSP).

Thyssenkrupp said that the technology is intended to reduce investment, operating and maintenance costs.

The MTR technology is based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s 2-reactor technology, which uses the patented ESPREE and DISCAGE reactors in order to obtain the desired high melt viscosities.

Employing around 1,500 people, Turkey-based SASA is engaged in manufacturing PET textile fibers, filament yarn and special polymers.