With a report on the strategy for the development of polyolefins production in PJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” and work in the development of their new brands at the XIV international conference “Polyethylene. Polypropylene-2017 “, held in Moscow on March 21, 2017, the head of the department for the promotion of polymers – the head of the department of advertising and exhibitions, M.G. Fatykhov.
In the production of polyethylene in the joint-stock company, the share of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) has significantly increased in the last 3 years. If in 2014 the amount of LLDPE produced was limited to 16,000 tons, in 2016 it reached 74,000 tons. The company plans to continue to increase the output of this type of polyethylene to 100 thousand tons per year. Moreover, in 2017, in addition to the main brand of polyethylene intended for the production of stretch film, it is planned to master a new one – PE5118N, whose fields of application are blown film and lamination of films. The company plans to continue to develop the market of rotational molding. In the brand assortment for this task, there are 3 grades of medium density polyethylene: PE6432R, PE6438R and PE6438S.
Together with two Russian companies PJSC “Nizhnekamskneftekhim” was involved in the development of the polyethylene market for insulation of steel pipes. The PE6146KM brand has already been successfully used by a number of domestic factories. In December 2016, a test batch of the new PE6347K brand was produced for the application of the power cable jacket. Currently, it is being tested at cable plants.
The company reduces the production of propylene homopolymer and focuses on the production of copolymers. At the end of 2016, the share of copolymers of propylene and ethylene in the total volume of polypropylene increased to 86%. The main directions in the development of copolymers are an increase in the melt flow index (MFR), an increase in shock indexes and physico-mechanical characteristics.
Over the past 2 years, two brands with high PTR – PP4445T (Random) and PP8440T (block copolymer) and a unique grade PP9240N with a high content of ethylene units (up to 15%) and elevated MFR have found their stable consumer.
At present, specialists of the plastics plant and the scientific and technological center of the company are developing a new direction for Russian producers of polypropylene – a bimodal block copolymer, which is necessary for automotive industry and rigid packaging.
The successes of the Nizhnekamsk science in the workers of the plastics plant in the use of alternative catalysts for the polymerization of propylene are noted.
PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim is the largest petrochemical company and holds leading positions among domestic producers of synthetic rubbers, plastics and ethylene. It is part of the group of companies “TAIF”. The company was founded in 1967, the main production facilities are located in Nizhnekamsk, the Republic of Tatarstan. The range of products is more than 120 types. The products of the joint-stock company are exported to 50 countries of Europe, America and South-East Asia. The share of exports in total output is about 50%.