Close Access to Technical Expertise
The new Shell Polymers plant is in the northeast of the country, conveniently located within 700 miles of a majority of plastics converter companies. According to Dan, this closeness will bring value for customers in a variety of ways. “Being near polyethylene processors means deliveries will be more reliable because products travel a shorter distance,” he says. “Crucially, it also means we can work more closely with customers, and we’ll do this in the application hall.”
The 86,000-square-foot application hall will house commercial-scale conversion equipment. This includes three blown film lines, two blow molding machines with multilayer and monolayer capabilities, pipe extrusion, and injection molding. This will also be the home of over 50 industry experts known as Shell’s “Polymer Pioneers” and “Polymer Pros.”
“Customers will be able to visit the application hall to work hand-in-hand with our experts to solve technical issues, and also interface with suppliers and use the latest fabrication technologies to test potential new products,” Dan explains.