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M&G to launch new PET and PTA plants in the U.S. Gulf Coast region

By Dorothy Lozowski |

The M&G Group (Tortona, Italy; www.gruppomg.com), a major producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), has announced that it will build a next-generation-technology PET plant in the U.S., co-located and fully integrated with a new PTA (purified terephthalic acid) plant at the same site. PTA is the primary raw material used in the production of PET. The new PET single-line plant will have a capacity of 1-million metric tons (m.t.) per year and will employ, on a larger scale, the same technology as M&G’s single reactor Suape (Brazil) PET plant that came onstream in the 1st Q of 2007 and has since been successfully debottlenecked to 650,000 m.t./yr. The new PTA unit will have a capacity of 1.2-million m.t./yr and will provide full upstream integration for all of M&G’s U.S. PET capacity. Two technologies, among the very few capable of delivering the required size, are at the final evaluation stage for this PTA plant, which will be the largest in the Americas and among the largest in the world, says the company. The new plants will be located in the Southern U.S. and final candidates for selection have been reduced to sites in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. A final selection of the location and of the PTA technology…
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