06 October 2009 15:40 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS news)--Solventis has purchased the customer list for hexylene glycol and isopropyl ether (IPE) from Shell Chemicals following the closure of LyondellBasell’s solvents unit in Berre, France, Solventis managing director David Lubbock said on Tuesday.
The purchase was possible due to the end of a tolling agreement between the companies, said ?xml:namespace>
“Solventis will distribute hexylene glycol and IPE from [its] bulk tank farm facility in
UK- and Belgium-based solvents distributor Solventis declined to comment about the cost of the purchase.
Shell Chemicals would continue to supply hexylene glycol and IPE until stocks from Berre were exhausted, according to the company, but a precise timescale for this was not disclosed.
The debottlenecking at Shell’s Pernis facility last year was expected to cover the IPA and MIBK production loss at Berre, as previously stated by a Shell company source.
However, Shell’s Pernis facility was unable to compensate for the deficit of acetone, IPE and hexylene glycol, which were only produced at the Berre facility.
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