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Evonik commissions plasticizer plant in Marl

By Gerald Ondrey |

Evonik Industries AG (Essen; germany; www.evonik.de) has expanded its product range for high-molecular-weight plasticizer alcohols and commissioned a plant for the production of the plasticizer alcohol 2-propyl heptanol (2-PH) at the Marl Chemical Park. The company’s investment in the plant, which is in the high double-digit million Euro range, makes it the largest producer of C9/C10 alcohols in Europe. The plant has an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons, and has brought twelve new jobs to Marl. “With this new product, we are actively promoting the market trend toward high-molecular-weight plasticizers and offering our customers attractive and competitive solutions for plastics production,” said Thomas Haeberle, member of the management board of Evonik Degussa GmbH at the opening ceremony. 2-PH is used as a raw material for the production of a PVC plasticizer, which transforms PVC, a naturally brittle plastic, into a flexible material. Plasticized PVC based on 2-PH is used for applications such as cable insulation, tarpaulin fabrics, elastic floor coverings, and in various automobile parts. The market for plasticized PVC has a volume of approximately 12-million m.t./yr. The demand for plasticizers amounts to several…
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