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Business News November 2017

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Inovyn starts up KOH plant in Belgium October 13, 2017 — Inovyn (London, U.K.; www.inovyn.com) announced the completion of its new potassium hydroxide (KOH) production facility at its Antwerp/Lillo site in Belgium. The new plant uses membrane technology to produce 155,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of KOH with 100,000 m.t./yr of chlorine.   AkzoNobel doubling capacity at organic peroxides plant in Ningbo October 12, 2017 — AkzoNobel’s (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) Specialty Chemicals business has entered the next phase of a major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China, which produces dicumyl peroxide (DCP). Capacity at the site was boosted by 40% in August, and is set to double to a capacity of 38,000 m.t./yr by the third quarter of 2018.   Songwon commissions second thermoplastic urethanes production line October 9, 2017 — Songwon Industrial Ltd. (Ulsan, South Korea; www.songwon.com) has commissioned a second thermoplastic urethane (TPU) production line at its plant in Suwon, South Korea. The new production line will increase TPU capacity from 7,000 to 12,000 m.t./yr.   Solvay to expand production of sulfone polymers in India and the U.S. October…
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