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Arkema Opens A Plant And Closes A Deal

by Michael McCoy
February 9, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 6

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Credit: Arkema
Arkema’s new thiochemicals plant in Malaysia.
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Arkema’s new thiochemicals plant in Malaysia.

The French chemical maker Arkema has opened a $225 million facility in Kerteh, Malaysia, that will produce the thiochemicals methyl mercaptan and dimethyl disulfide. Arkema will supply methyl mercaptan to an adjacent methionine plant built by South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang. CJ will make the animal feed additive using a new process that combines the mercaptan with a fermented intermediate. Separately, Arkema has completed its $1.7 billion acquisition of the adhesives maker Bostik.

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