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Solvay mulls construction of epichlorohydrin production plant in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) is studying the construction of an epichlorohydrin production plant in Taixing, China, with an initial capacity of 100,000 ton/yr. The plant, which is expected to start producing in 2013, will be based on Solvay’s innovative Epicerol technology. The company has already reserved a construction site in Taixing Economic Development Park. The plant is set to serve the rapidly growing Chinese epichlorohydrin market, which currently represents 29% of the world market. Epichlorohydrin is an essential feedstock for the production of epoxy resins, increasingly used in applications such as corrosion protection coatings as well in the electronics, automotive, aerospace industry or wind turbine industry. “We look forward to serving the largest epichlorohydrin market in the world, by bringing the benefits of our environmental sustainable technology based on a renewable resource as raw material, to China,” comments Filipe Constant, general manager of the Solvay Business Unit Electrochemistry and Derived Specialties. “By investing in a world-class Epicerol plant in China, Solvay reaffirms it is a key player in this business,” adds Bruno Jestin, head of the Business Unit…
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