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Plant Watch Prayon to build food-grade sodium hexametaphosphate plant in Georgia February 11, 2015 — Prayon S.A. (Engis, Belgium; www.prayon.com) plans to build a manufacturing plant for food-grade sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP) in Augusta, Ga. Projected capacity of the new SHMP unit is 10,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr). Supplementing an existing SHMP production site in Roches de Condrieu, France, the Augusta plant will double the company’s global SHMP production capacity.   Showa Denko JV starts up alumina plant in Indonesia February 9, 2015 — P.T. Indonesia Chemical Alumina, a joint venture (JV) owned by Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; Tokyo, Japan; www.sdk.co.jp) and PT Antam (Persero) Tbk., of Indonesia, has started commercial operations at its new alumina plant in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The plant’s production capacity for alumina is 300,000 m.t./yr.   Kuraray boosts production capacity for ethylene vinyl alcohol in Belgium February 6, 2015 — Kuraray Co. (Tokyo, Japan; www.kuraray.co.jp) will increase the production capacity for ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) resin at the Antwerp, Belgium site of EVAL Europe N.V., a wholly owned Kuraray subsidiary. The capacity increase will add 11,000 m.t./yr…
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