Plastic packaging solutions firm Phu My Plastics Production JSC has selected Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology for the production of polymer-grade propylene at its facility in Vietnam.

It marks the first award for Honeywell’s propane dehydrogenation technology in Vietnam. The facility will cater to domestic demand for plastics in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia.

UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology converts propane to propylene using catalytic dehydrogenation. It is claimed to offer steady-state operations, improved operating flexibility, and high on-stream reliability through independent reaction and regeneration sections.

Honeywell UOP’s process technology and equipment business vice-president and general manager Bryan Glover said: “This Oleflex unit will use low-priced and widely available propane to make propylene, which can be made into polypropylene, one of the most important materials for making plastics.

“This new capacity will enable Vietnam to meet its own rapidly growing domestic demand for plastics, supplanting propylene products that it currently imports.”

“This new capacity will enable Vietnam to meet its own rapidly growing domestic demand for plastics, supplanting propylene products that it currently imports.”

According to Honeywell, UOP will offer technology licensing for the Oleflex process, the process design package, proprietary and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for startup and continuing operation, as well as proprietary catalysts and adsorbents.

Phu My Plastics Production JSC produces plastic packaging solutions such as laminated polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene bags, flexible intermediate bulk containers, and woven PP sheets.

The company offers its products in Vietnam, as well as export to Brazil, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.