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 ?xml:namespace>
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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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