Evonik to expand product range with Germany plasticiser plant

07 October 2009 13:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Evonik Industries has commissioned a plant to produce the plasticiser, alcohol 2-propylheptanol (2-PH), at Marl Chemical Park in Germany to expand its range in high molecular-weight plasticiser alcohols, it said on Wednesday.

The diversified specialty chemicals major said it had invested a high double-digit million euro figure in the 60,000 tonne/year plant.

2-PH is used as a raw material for the production of a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plasticiser.

Both the PVC market, which has an approximate volume of 12m tonnes/year, and plasticisers demand, which amounts to several million tonnes/year, have grown about 4% annually.

Thomas Haeberle, Evonik Degussa management board member, said he was expecting a future worldwide growth of 3 to 4% per year, due to the versatile and cost efficient characteristics of PVC, with high-molecular-weight plasticisers particularly in high demand.

Evonik said the new plant would help to optimise its production network for C4 chemistry, which converts crude C4, a by-product of the naphtha cracking process, to high-quality products such as butadiene, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), isobutene, butene-1 and isononanol.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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