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Thailand plant to expand capacity for bio-based epichlorohydrin

By Mary Page Bailey |

Bio-based chemical company Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (ABT), A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vinythai public company (www.vinythai.co.th), a group company of AGC, Inc., has announced a capacity increase at its plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, which will now produce 120,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) — an increase of 20,000 m.t./yr. Permission for this increase was granted by the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand.


The capacity increase at ABT’s plant was made possible thanks to improvements in process efficiency and process optimizations in production. Less waste is also being produced at the plant due to optimized recycling technology.


ABT has produced its bio-based ECH since 2012 using a patented technology, based on natural and renewable glycerine instead of propylene, a fossil fuel derivative.


Mr. Masaki Takahashi, Managing Director at Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd, said, “We are grateful to the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand who granted permission for this capacity increase at our plant. We provide the most sustainable ECH on the market and demand for it continues to grow. We are glad that we can continue to serve downstream users around the globe who are committed to sustainability.”

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