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thyssenkrupp to build three major polymer plants for Merions in Turkey

| By Gerald Ondrey

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG’ (Dortmund, Germany) subsidiary Uhde Inventa-Fischer signed a contract to build a new world-scale polymer plant for Merinos Hali Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S., Turkey. The plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary patented MTR (Melt-to-Resin) technology to produce 330,000 ton/yr of resin for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, as well as bright chips for textile applications.

Ali Erdemoglu, chairman of Merinos Hali San. Ve Tic. A.S. says: “The foundations of the companies and brands of Erdemoglu Holding, which have become a giant company by adding new ones to its achievements day by day, were laid in 1970. Merinos Hali one the major group of companies of Erdemoglu Holding will secure his international quality standard and global leadership in the carpet industry with its state-of-the-art production facilities. It is an honor to cooperate with UIF for our growth strategy.”

Werner Steinauer, CEO of Uhde Inventa-Fischer adds: “We are very proud that Merinos chose us to build a MTR plant for bottle grade and textile application.”

Scope of delivery for all plants includes basic and detail engineering, delivery of all necessary components, technical – services regarding plant erection as well as supervision of erection and commissioning.

The MTR process eliminates the solid-state polycondensation (SSP) and leads to substantial energy savings. It reduces investment, operating and maintenance costs, has a higher raw material yield and results in products of superior quality, says the company. The MTR process is based on Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s proprietary 2-Reactor technology which uses the patented Espree and Discage reactors to obtain the desired high melt viscosities.