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Solvay plans to build large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay) says that it will build a large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore which is expected to start operations by 2015 and will serve the fast-growing Asian market in home & personal care, coatings, industrial, agrochemicals and oil & gas. The facility will be connected to Shell’s new high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) unit located in the world-class, integrated petrochemical hub of Jurong Island. Through the alkoxylation process key monomers are produced that serve downstream surfactant development and manufacturing. "This project is part of our aggressive growth strategy in Asia and solidifies our specialty surfactant production," says Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Solvay Novecare. "In addition to greatly expanding our alkoxylation footprint in Asia, the facility demonstrates Novecare’s ambition to be the world leader in delivering innovative surfactant solutions to our customers on a global basis." The investment comes after Solvay last week announced that it would build a specialty surfactant plant near Berlin, serving the Central and Eastern European markets. Solvay Novecare is already Asia’s largest specialty surfactant manufacturer with…
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