Solvay starts two new large-scale alkoxylation plants in Europe Asia

Solvay starts two new large-scale alkoxylation plants in Europe and Asia

10:23 AM, 11th June 2015
Solvay starts two new large-scale alkoxylation plants in Europe and Asia

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Solvay SA said it has started production at its two new large-scale and “on-pipe” alkoxylation facilities in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Both units are located in integrated petrochemical hubs and receive ethylene oxide via dedicated pipelines, providing a secure supply of this key raw material for a wide range of specialty surfactants by Solvay’s Novecare business.

“Both facilities in Moerdijk and in Singapore are platforms for providing highly competitive and innovative intermediates to further penetrate key markets in Europe and Asia Pacific for our agrochemicals, coatings, home and personal care, industrial and oil and gas markets,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, president, Novecare global business unit, Solvay.

At its recently acquired Moerdijk site, situated between the key regional transport and logistics hubs of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium, Solvay is ramping up capacity already for the third quarter.

The Novecare plant in Singapore will hold its opening ceremony next month. It is ramping up full-scale production after having successfully completed its trial batch production in May. Solvay’s Novecare is already Asia’s largest specialty surfactant manufacturer with 10 production sites, two research & innovation centres in Singapore and Shanghai, China, and a recently opened R&I laboratory in Tokyo, Japan.

Both facilities produce alkoxylates which form the chemical foundation for a broad offering of Novecare's specialty surfactants, which are used for example in shampoos, detergents, paints, lubricants and plant protection.

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