The Shaw Group Inc. has signed an exclusive deal with Total Petrochemicals to jointly market and license Total’s polystyrene technology worldwide.

Polystyrene, a standard plastic, is principally used in packaging, domestic appliances and electronics. Shaw has had a similar alliance with Total Petrochemicals for styrene monomer, the primary feedstock for polystyrene, for 15 years.

“Shaw will assist both existing licensees and potential new clients in development projects for new polystyrene manufacturing facilities and modernizations to existing facilities all over the world,” James Glass, president of Shaw’s Energy & Chemicals Group, said in a news release. “In addition to marketing the technology, we look forward to bringing our expertise with basic engineering packages and engineering, procurement and construction services to these projects.”