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We are the only major PET producer able to use proprietary technology.
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Our research and development programs focus on the development of new and improved products and processes for various markets and applications, as well as developing proprietary technologies.

We are the only major PET producer able to use proprietary technology instead of using off-the-shelf PET technology from third-party suppliers.
Our proprietary technology enables us to continue to expand our capacity from our current largest single PET production line in Suape, Brazil, which has a nominal capacity of 650 kMT/year, to our planned largest single PET production line in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, which we expect will have ana nominal capacity of 1,100 kMT/year.
We conduct our research and development activities at Sharon Center in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, which specializes in new product and new process development. The Sharon Center works closely with other R&D structures controlled by M&G Finanziaria, the holding company of our Group. This allow M&G Chemicals to create the best synergies in product innovation and to exploit all relevant patents.

The current focus of our research and development includes the following activities:
  • Development of 100% bio-PET, in which all the raw materials are derived from biomass. This activity includes testing of the new raw materials and evaluation of the process to optimize production using the new raw materials.
  • Formulation of a barrier-grade resin that allows improved physical properties and bio-content. This activity includes the selection of basic bio-derived chemical molecules, and their evaluation on the basis of both aesthetics and performance;
  • Optimization of the PET formulation to best adapt it to injection and blowing technologies, by which the molten polymer is formed into the final container shape.
FOCUS NEWS
19/04/2017
The world’s largest resin-processing plant is expected to be fully operational by mid-2017, creating up to 250 permanent jobs and manufacturing over a million tons of PET resin a year at Port Corpus Christi.

03/05/2016

Valmet and Biochemtex collaborate in developing technology for lignin derived biochemical .
Valmet and Biochemtex will start to cooperate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals.


20/01/2016
M&G Chemicals plans to increase the capacity of its Corpus Christi facility.
Opening in the second half of 2016