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Solvay Commercializes New Route To Epichlorohydrin

by Michael McCoy
March 5, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 10

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Solvay’s new epichlorohydrin plant in Thailand.
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Solvay’s new epichlorohydrin plant in Thailand.

Solvay’s Thai affiliate has commissioned a plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, that makes the epoxy raw material epichlorohydrin from vegetable-oil-derived glycerin rather than petrochemical-derived propylene. The 100,000-metric-ton-per-year facility was built at a cost of $160 million, Solvay says. The Belgian company continues to pursue a similar epichloro­hydrin project in Taixing, China.

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