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Basell Completes Expansion

September 14, 2006

Basell has successfully expanded its catalyst manufacturing facility located in Ferrara, Italy.  The capacity of the plant, which produces Ziegler polyethylene and Ziegler-Natta polypropylene catalysts, has been expanded by 40%. The plant can now supply catalysts for the production of 30 million tons of polyolefins.      

“The new catalyst capacity was added to support the many new polypropylene and polyethylene licensees to whom Basell has granted polyolefin process licenses in recent years,” said Just Jansz, president of Basell’s Technology Business. “The new capacity will also be used to supply our catalyst customers who produce polyolefins with non-Basell processes, especially gas phase polypropylene technologies. This will further strengthen our catalyst supply chain and enhance supply security for our customers.”

The Ferrara plant can produce 3rd, 4th and 5th generation Ziegler-Natta catalyst systems sold under the Avant trade name for polypropylene and polyethylene.

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