Pavilion Technologies, the leader in advanced process control and environmental compliance solutions, today announced that it has selected NOVA Chemicals, a leading producer of plastics and petrochemicals, as a worldwide partner for advanced process control (APC) technology.

The terms of the agreement allow for implementation of APC technology at all NOVA Chemicals sites to optimise manufacturing processes in both olefins/polyolefins and styrenics. By minimising process variation and maximising production rates, Pavilion's APC solutions will enable NOVA Chemicals to reduce total production costs while maintaining product quality and increasing consistency.

"Pavilion is an important partner with NOVA Chemicals as we strive to continually improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our manufacturing facilities," said Harry VanZeist, NOVA Chemicals' VP of Manufacturing, Olefins/Polyolefins. "Pavilion's APC solutions will help us reduce variable costs in our polymer plants by improving first-pass prime performance and reducing transition time."

The agreement follows a pilot program conducted at NOVA Chemicals' St. Clair River Site in Ontario, Canada. Completed in just five months, the pilot project quickly demonstrated value by using Pavilion's Process Perfecter APC solution to reduce melt index variability by 10 to 20 percent. Pavilion's APC solution also offered a sustainable solution with relatively low cost of ownership.

ARC Advisory Group, the thought leader in manufacturing, logistics and supply chain solutions, called NOVA Chemicals' investment in Pavilion Technologies' APC software a fitting choice for the performance-driven company. "NOVA Chemicals is making a strategic investment in APC in order to accelerate its profits and growth," said ARC analyst Dave Woll.

Pavilion delivers repeatable, quantifiable returns for its customers through proven advanced process control and environmental solutions that leverage the combination of its industrial domain expertise and software products. Its industry solutions capitalise on a robust patent portfolio foundation and the most advanced modeling technology available, yielding the best answers to complex problems.

NOVA Chemicals plans to deploy Pavilion's full suite of APC products in stages, including Process Perfecter, Property Predictor, ClockWorx and Configuration Manager software. Project teams from both companies are currently working on implementation at several NOVA Chemicals facilities.

"Pavilion is committed to supporting NOVA Chemicals' strategic business goals by accelerating top-line and bottom-line performance results," said Pavilion CEO Ralph Carter. "We are delighted that NOVA Chemicals has selected Pavilion based on our proven track-record in polymers, our APC technology's technical superiority, and the expertise of our team."

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