Vinythai build epichlorohydrin plant in China

Vinythai to build epichlorohydrin plant in China

10:50 AM, 24th September 2012
Vinythai to build epichlorohydrin plant in China

KLONGTOEY, THAILAND: Vinythai Plc plans to invest Bt7.2 billion to build an epichlorohydrin plant in China as part of its drive to double its total annual production capacity of the compound to 200,000 tonne by mid-2014, said Roger Lester Kearns, Board Chairman Vinythai.

Kearns said the plant would use Epicero technology (Solvay SA technology) to produce 100,000 tonne of the compound a year. Investment will be complete by the middle of 2014. The company spent Bt4.5 billion to build an epichlorohydrin plant with production capacity of 100,000 tonne a year in Thailand last year. The local plant will start to operate at full capacity in 2013.

Vinythai produces and markets a wide range of PVC resins as well as caustic soda for customers across Asia. “Our investment will support demand growth in China and the Asean market,” said Kearns.

He added that demand for epichlorohydrin in China grows by an average of 8 per cent a year, accounting for about 35 per cent of the demand in the world market. As a result, the company decided to expand its new production plant in China. “When our plant in China is complete in mid-2014, we will be the second biggest producer of epichlorohydrin in Asia,” informed Kearns.

Bruno van der Wielen, Managing Director of Vinythai and Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co Ltd, said the company has implemented a 2009-2013 plan to reduce energy expenses by Bt555 million. So far, the company has succeeded in reducing its energy consumption by Bt400 million.

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