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Vinythai prepares construction of its epichlorohydrin plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Solvay SA (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) says it has recently closed the sale to its Thai affiliate Vinythai of all shares in Solvay Biochemical Thailand for a total value of €7 million. This subsidiary of Solvay is now continuing the development of the Epichlorohydrin Project in Map Ta Phut based on Solvay’s innovative Epicerol technology. The Epicerol technology is based on the transformation of glycerin obtained as by-product from the production of biofuels out of vegetable renewable oils. This technology, which received an Honor Award in Chemical Engineering’s 2009 Kirkpatrick Chemical Achievement Competition (CE, December 2009, pp. 17–21), is protected by 38 patent applications, some of them already granted in different parts of the world. 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 or aerospace industry. Demand for epichlorohydrin from windmill producers is also soaring in the Asia-Pacific region, as it is used to produce the wind turbine blades.   Total investment is approximately €160 million, including the expansion of the hydrogen chloride and…
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