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SK Corp. to build naphtha cracker in China

SK Chemical sold its TPU business to Lubrizol Corp.

SK Chemicals, Eastman Chemical Form JV for cellulose acetate tow

BASF sells styrene monomer plant in Korea

SK to build $1.1 bil China petchems complex with Sinopec, BP

SK Corp

1962/10 Korea Oil Corp. established.
   Born as the First Oil Refining Company in Korea

In the 60s when Korea strove to be economically independent and industrialized, SK Corp. (the first domestic oil refining company, originally called Korea Oil Corporation) started operating an oil refinery in 1964. SK Corp. has played a key role in the economic development of Korea by supplying oil steadily for almost 40 years since then.

1970-79
   Playing a Major Role in the Economic Development of Korea

In the 70s when the Korean economy made rapid progress, SK Corp. started a petrochemical business which was the core business of the second five-year economic development plan. This business operated the first domestic aroma and ethylene production facilities to supply chemical materials nation wide. Therefore, it can be said that the SK Corp. opened a new chapter in an industry that is considered the essence of modern industry.

1970. 5   Aromatic plant started up (216,000 tons/yr.).
1970. 6   50 percent equity share and management rights acquired by Gulf Oil Corp.
1973. 3   Naphtha cracking center started up (100,000 tons/yr. of ethylene)
1978. 3   Naphtha cracking center expanded to 155,000 tons/yr. of ethylene.

 


「人民網日本語版」2004年10月29日

韓国・SKグループ、中国法人設立 石油事業展開へ 

 韓国大手財閥・SKグループの傘下企業が28日午後、投資額3千万ドルの中国法人「SK(中国)投資有限公司」の設立を発表した。新会社の金相国総裁(社長)は「中国は今後、SKのグローバル化の重心となる。このため、SKが中国から上げた利益はすべて中国へ再投資し、中国事業の発展を促進していきたい」と表明した。

 金相国総裁は、新会社の発展方向を次のように位置付けている。

 実力ある中国の現地企業との協力を展開し、中国政府の開放政策にあわせて原油の卸売・小売分野に進出するほか、中国事業の長期的発展に着目し、製油業などの事業も展開していく。これにより、企業の競争力を確保し、産業のバリューチェーンを構築する。中国における投資方針の柱は、(1)中国国内に設立した法人をSK(中国)投資に統合し、管理構造を簡素化する、(2)今後中国に設立する法人は、SK(中国)投資有限公司からの直接出資とする――の2つ。 


朝鮮日報 2007/05/30

SKグループ、7月から持ち株体制に

 SKグループが、持ち株会社体制への移行を最終決定した。同社は29日、汝矣島63ビルで臨時株主総会を開き、持ち株会社体制への移行に伴う会社分割案件などを決議した。

 これにより、SKは7月1日からSKグループの持ち株会社となり、精油、化学事業などを担う新設法人はSKエナジーという社名で新たに出発する。

May 29, 2007 SK

Shareholders of SK Corporation today overwhelmingly approved the companys shift to a holding-company structure and the split into two entities, SK Holdings Company Ltd and SK Energy Company Ltd. Shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting held today in Seoul, showed their strong support for the SK Corp. Boards recommendation.

SK Corp.s structural reorganization splits the company into a holding company and an operating company. The new holding company, SK Holdings will concentrate on business investments, while SK Energy, the operating affiliate, focuses on the energy and chemical businesses. SK Holdings will also carry out the role as the incubator for new business areas, taking charge of the life science business sector.

2007/7/2 SK

SK Corporation Restructures to Enhance Shareholder Value and Corporate Governance Transparency

  o Reorganization Splits Company into SK Holdings and SK Energy as of July 1
  o Two New Entities Hold First Board Meetings to Appoint Chief Executives

SK Holdings and SK Energy today held their first Board of Directors meetings following the structural reorganization of SK Corporation, which has been split into a holding company and an energy operating company as of July 1.

The two new entities will be listed separately on the Korea Stock Exchange. With the split-off effective July 1, SK Holdings and SK Energy will begin trading separately on July 25. Trading has been suspended for SK Corp.s existing shares since the closing of the Korea Stock Exchange on June 27.

<About SK
s Holding Company Structure >
The following illustration describes the new structure of SK Holdings following the reorganization.

 


The Lubrizol Corporation 2008/10/13

Lubrizol Expands Estane Engineered Polymers Product Offerings

The Lubrizol Corporation announced today that it will expand its Estane(R) Engineered Polymers product line with the purchase of the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and conductive polymer business and assets from SK Chemicals Co., Ltd., a global leader in specialty chemicals and life sciences. In 2007 this business had annualized revenues of approximately $30 million. The deal closed on October 10, 2008.
With 50 years of industry experience, Lubrizol is a global leader in thermoplastic elastomers, marketing products under the Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane brand name. Estane TPU is an engineered, highly versatile thermoplastic elastomer that can be processed through film, sheet and fabric coating, extrusion molding, injection molding, calendaring, overmolding, and blowmolding for markets like wire and cable, hose and tube, optical, industrial, agriculture, and others.
The combination of SK Chemicalsmarket presence in Asia Pacific, in particular Korea, along with Lubrizols significant global position creates synergies and expanded product offerings that we believe will benefit all of our customers,said Mike Vaughn, Lubrizol vice president, Estane Engineered Polymers.
The agreement includes
all commercial, production and research and development assets of the TPU and conductive polymer business of SK Chemicals, a Republic of Korea corporation.
Over the next 12 to 18 months, marketing and production will be transitioned from SK Chemicals to Lubrizol, unifying the product offerings under the Estane Engineered Polymers product line.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

* SK Chemical sold its two polyurethane plants in Korea and China to U.S. chemical company Lubrizol Corp.


January 22, 2009 Dow Jones

SK Chemicals, Eastman Chemical Form JV

South Korea's SK Chemicals Co. said Thursday that it has signed a preliminary deal with U.S.-based Eastman Chemical Co. to set up a joint venture, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The joint venture, to be named
Eastman Fibers Korea Ltd., will build a plant with annual capacity of 2,700 metric tons of cellulose acetate tow (酢酸セルロース繊維の束), a raw material used primarily in cigarette filters, Yonhap said.

The plant is scheduled to be built in the city of Ulsan, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul, sometime between early this year and the second half of next year, it said.

Eastman will hold an 80% stake in the joint venture with SK Chemicals owning the remainder, it said.

 


2009-08-03

BASF sells styrene monomer site in Korea

BASF has announced that it will sell its styrene monomer site in Ulsan, Korea, to
SK Energy, a South Korean refining company. The contract comprises the plant with a capacity of 320,000 metric tons of styrene monomer per year and the 50,000 square meter site, which is situated within SKs production complex . The two companies have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

Hyung Tae Chang, Group Vice President Styrenics Asia explained:
The styrene monomer plant in Ulsan has been idled since October 2008 because of an oversupply in the regional market. We are now obtaining styrene monomer from other sources and will continue to supply our Asian customers with the plastics polystyrene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS) from a production plant at another BASF site in Ulsan.The sale will affect 34 employees, most of whom have accepted early retirement programs.

Joachim Streu, President of BASF
s global Styrenics unit added: We are working intensively to restructure and significantly improve profitability in the styrenics value chain. In order to shape the business sustainably, we are considering all options, including capacity reductions such as the closure of an 80,000 ton per year polystyrene plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in June 2009.

 

BASFは8月3日、蔚山のSKコンプレックスにある年産32万トンのSMプラントをSK Energy に売却すると発表した。

このプラントはアジア市場の供給過剰のため昨年10月から休止していた。

BASFは蔚山にPS(25万トン)、EPS(8万トン)、ABS(25万トン)のプラントを持つが、原料SMは外部購入する。

このSMプラントはBASFが2001年にSKから購入したもの。

SKは同地に元 SK Oxichemical SM/PO384千トン/180千トン)の併産設備を持っている。


Platts  Feb 23, 2012

S Korea's SK to build $1.1 bil China petchems complex with Sinopec, BP

South Korea's SK Group, which owns the country's top oil refiner, has agreed to build a Won 1.2 trillion ($1.1 billion) petrochemicals complex in China jointly with China's state-owned Sinopec and BP, the company said Wednesday.

SK, which signed a preliminary deal with Sinopec and BP Wednesday, said the complex will have the capacity to produce 200,000 mt/year of butanediol, 600,000 mt/year of acetic acid and 250,000 mt/year of ammonia.

Butandiol  200,000t   SK & Sinopec
Acetic acid 600,000t  BP & Sinopec
Ammonia 250,000t  Sinopec 

"The complex in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing 重慶 breaks ground as early as July or August and is expected to reap more than Yuan 2 billion ($318 million) in pre-tax profits after completion in late 2014 or 2015," SK said.

The butanediol plant, which will cost Yuan 3.7 billion, will be built and run by a joint venture between SK and Sinopec. It will be the biggest plant in China producing butanediol to make spandex, synthetic leather and polyurathane, SK said.

The acetic acid plant will be constructed and run by a joint venture between BP and Sinopec, while the ammonia plant will be built and run solely by Sinopec, SK said, without providing shareholding details on the ventures.

The Chongqing butanediol plant will be SK's third petrochemical project with Sinopec. The two companies built a $26.5 million solvents plant, with a capacity of 60,000 mt/year, in Shanghai in 2004.
    Shanghai Gaoqiao-SK Solvent

Last December, SK and Sinopec signed a memorandum of understanding to build an 800,000 mt/year ethylene plant in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province.

2008/6/2  韓国SK Energy、シノペックの武漢エチレン計画に出資

"The Chongqing project is expected to accelerate SK's push for expanding projects in China," the company said.

The SK Group is a family-run business conglomerate which owns South Korea's biggest oil refiner SK Innovation which in turn has a petrochemical arm SK Global Chemical. The group controls dozens of affiliates in various industrial segments, including the country's biggest LPG distributor, SK Gas.


2013年02月04日 Chemnet 

SK Chemical と帝人 PPS事業で合弁会社設立

韓国・SK Chemical は、ポリフェニレンサルファイド(PPS)事業で帝人と合弁会社を設立することを明らかにした。

SKは塩素を使用しない独自の技術を開発し、プラントを建設するが、ポリカーボネートなどのコンパウンド材料を持つ帝人と提携する。

7月末にSKが66%、帝人が34%出資の合弁会社を設立する。

合弁会社は蔚山に2300億ウォン(200億円弱)を投じ、年産12千トンの工場を建設し、2015年にスタートさせる予定で、その後需要の増大に合わせ増設し、20千トンに増やす計画。

SKによると、現在のPPSの能力の世界合計は94千トン。

SKは2009年3月、年産30トンの独自技術のPPS工場を完成させた。
PPSの既存の製法はパラジクロロベンゼンと硫化ソーダを反応させるが、SKの製法は塩素を使用しないもので、世界初の環境に優しいPPSであるとしている。

同社は2012年12月20日、PPSへの大規模投資を決めたと発表した。

同社では、塩素を使用しないので、廃液処理を必要とせず、また、製品に塩素を全く含まないので、特に電気・電子部品市場で差別化を確保できるとしており、「環境に優しい」差別化で2019年の世界市場シェア20%確保を目指す。


July 5th, 2015

Saudi-Korean metallocene elastomer JV formalized

Sabic and SK Global Chemical, have successfully concluded negotiations for a 50-50 joint venture that will purchase the rights to Nexlene solution technology and a plant that manufactures a range of high-performance ethylene/alpha-olefin polyolefin plastic, elastomer and plastomer (POE/POP) copolymers in Ulsan, Korea, from SK Global. The purchase price for the technology and plant is approximately $640 million. The deal was initially mooted in June last year.

metallocene-based polyolefin plastomers (POPs) and polyolefin elastomers (POEs)

With the start-up of its POE/POP plant in South Korea, SK Global joins a select group of players supplying these products used primarily in plastic modification and film applications, including ExxonMobil Chemical (Houston, TX) with its Vistamaxx and Exact resins, Dow Chemical (Midland MI) with its Affinity and Engage offerings, and Mitsui Elastomers (Singapore) with its Tafmer product range. LG Chem (Seoul) is another recent Korean firm that has entered the POE field, marketing its products under the Lucene brand.

The joint venture holding company, Sabic SK Nexlene Company (SSNC) is headquartered in Singapore. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Korea Nexlene Company (KNC), owns the plant in Ulsan, which has an annual capacity of 230,000 tonnes. The parties intend to further expand capacity with the construction and operation of additional plants globally.

The plant will produce metallocene-based linear low-density polyethylene, POPs and POEs to meet the growing needs of diverse industries such as flexible packaging, industrial and agricultural film, automotive, consumer products (footwear), medical, and construction.

Yousef Al-Benyan, Sabic's Acting Vice Chairman and CEO, said, "We are very pleased to launch this partnership with SK Global Chemical, which is the latest stage in Sabic's global expansion. By growing our presence in Korea we are opening up new markets globally and reinforcing our position as a global leader, a major goal of our 2025 strategy."

Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Sabic EVP, said the new venture would enable both partners to grow in the highly specialized polyethylene market by providing high-value polymer products to global customers. "The solidification of our partnership with SK Global Chemical will complement our polymers portfolio and enable us to offer a more varied, cost-effective and customer-focused selection of products," he said.

The packaging industry will reportedly benefit from lighter versions of Nexlene (mLLDPE) for producing films to manufacture flexible food packaging and wrapping materials. They can also be used in pipes and consumer goods, such as rotomolded articles.

Metallocene polyolefin elastomers have applications in a number of industries where elasticity is important, including impact modifiers in the automotive industry, footwear in consumer markets, and wire coatings in the utilities and construction industries.

Metallocene polyolefin plastomers are designed to provide heat-seal strength for a variety of packaging products that can help provide inner sealing, adhesion, and a barrier against air and moisture.

 


2015/08/27  

SKC, BASF in talks to build hydrogen peroxide plant in S. Korea

South Korean chemicals maker SKC Inc. and Germany-based chemical firm BASF are close to clinching a deal later this year to build a hydrogen peroxide plant in the southern industrial city of Ulsan, company officials said Thursday.

SKC, a chemical unit under SK Group, has sought to use BASF's production license to build a propylene oxide facility with a 400,000-ton capacity in Ulsan, 414 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

If an agreement is reached by year-end, the two firms will start investing in the project early next year to complete it by 2018, SKC said.

Propylene oxide is a key raw material used for a wide range of industrial and commercial products.

BASF also has been negotiating with Belgium's Solvay to build a hydrogen peroxide plant with a 280,000-ton capacity in the city, a major hub for the nation's chemical and heavy manufacturing industry, the provincial government said.

On Thursday, senior officials of the three companies met with Ulsan city officials to discuss ways to launch the project, the provincial government said, noting that the deal is estimated at 1 trillion won (US$833.8 million).

SKC has been stepping up cooperation with global players to expand its business, forming a joint venture with Japan's Mitsui Chemicals last month for collaboration in R&D and overseas marketing.

 

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HPPODowBASFが共同で開発し、過酸化水素についてはSolvayが協力している。
DowBASFはアントワープでJVHPPOを生産している。
   
2009/3/12 ダウとBASFのHPPO法PO生産開始

Dow Chemical はまた、タイのSiam Cement Group (SCG)とのJVMTP HPPO ManufacturingHPPO工場を建設している。
   
2008/6/16 Dow、タイで過酸化水素法PO工場建設  



Evonikはこれとは別に、Uhdeとの共同開発でHPPO製造技術を開発した。

EvonikとUhdeはこの技術を韓国のSKCに供与し、SKCは蔚山に100千トンのHPPOプラントを建設、2008年にスタートした。

SKCは旧称・油公ARCOで、ARCOのPO/SM併産法で180千トンのPOを生産しており、HPPOを加え、POの合計能力を280千トンとした。

なお、Evonikは子会社Evonik Degussa Peroxide Koreaで過酸化水素を製造しているが、2010年11月、SKCはこの子会社に45%出資し、協力関係を強化した。