Solvay to Establish Epichlorohydrin Plant by 201212 Jan 2010 • by Natalie Aster
Solvay's Thai affiliate Vinythai will start the construction of a new epichlorohydrin plant in Map Ta Phut, based on Solvay's Epicerol technology.
The new plant, which is expected to be operational at the beginning of 2012, will have an annual production capacity of 100,000mt.
The construction of the plant also involves expanding a hydrogen chloride and caustic soda capacity to ensure sufficient supply of raw materials to the epichlorohydrin plant.
Solvay has developed the Epicerol technology by transforming glycerin obtained as a by-product from the production of biofuels out of vegetable renewable oils.
An essential feedstock, epichlorohydrin is used to produce epoxy resins, which are used in applications such as corrosion protection coatings as well in the the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries.
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