Borouge Innovation Centre as it should look after completion
Borouge Innovation Centre as it should look after completion

Borouge, a leading provider of innovative value creating plastics solutions, has ordered a complete polyolefins (PO) pipe extrusion line from KraussMaffei Berstorff for its new Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi.
The order package comprises the KME 60-36 B/R single-screw extruder in the successful 36D Series, the KM-RKW 32 and KM-RKW 33 pipe heads, and corresponding downstream components for the diameter range from 12 to 63 mm. The system will be used in the development laboratory in Abu Dhabi for different tests and development projects.

Multifunctional use and high line speeds
We chose KraussMaffei Berstorff because we are impressed with the outstanding quality of the machines, their extreme efficiency and high flexibility in the use of different materials”, emphasized Petri Lehmus, Innovation Centre Manager from Borouge. “In our laboratory the system will test development stages of various PO materials such as HD-PE, LD-PE, PP-HM or PP-R and also produce pipes in the diameter range of 12 to 63 mm at line speeds of between 2.8 and 100 m/min“, added Lehmus. The line is equipped with two pipe heads in order to ensure a quick and flexible product change.

Proven 36D series for new developments

KraussMaffei Berstorff single-screw extruder KME 60-36 B/R (photo: Kraus Maffei)
KraussMaffei Berstorff single-screw extruder KME 60-36 B/R (photo: Kraus Maffei)

“We are very proud that our successful concept of the 36D long processing unit, which has enjoyed the highest possible recognition in the market for many years, is also being used for new developments, tests and customer demonstrations at one of the most renowned material manufacturers”, enthused Andreas Kessler, General Sales Manager for Extrusion Technology at KraussMaffei Berstorff.

“Thanks to the sophisticated – in process engineering terms – barrier screw concept, we are convinced that this series will satisfy the demands in the processing of new materials to the highest possible extent. We are also expecting an increase in the number of orders for polyolefins processing”, added Kessler.

Borouge’s Innovation Centre will work together with the European innovation centres of Borealis as well as with local and international educational institutions such as the Petroleum Institute of Abu Dhabi, to further develop the competence of polymer science in the United Arab Emirates.

More than 50 international researchers and engineers will focus on innovations for compounding as well as innovative plastics solutions for the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging industries in close cooperation and partnership with Borouge’s customers throughout the value chain, ensuring that specific customer requirements are met.

The pipe extrusion line will be delivered at the end of 2011 and will be started up at the laboratory the following year.