Evonik JV to produce super absorbent polymers in Jubail

26 April 2010 15:11  [Source: ICIS news]

Evonik headquarters, EssenLONDON (ICIS news)--Evonik Industries will form a joint venture with National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) and Sahara Petrochemicals to produce super absorbent polymers in Jubail, Saudia Arabia, it said on Monday.

The partner companies plan to bring an 80,000 tonne/year plant into production in the first quarter of 2013, Evonik said.

The proposed JV’s integrated structure would allow for the efficient sourcing of raw materials, Evonik added. For example, a neighbouring plant operated by Tasnee and Saudi Acrylic Acid Company would offer easy access to key raw materials such as acrylic acid, it said.

The planned production facility would be embedded in integrated production structures, making it the "first downstream project of its type in the Middle East region", according to Evonik.

“This is an important step for us in the growing Middle East market,” said Evonik’s chairman Klaus Engel.

Super absorbent polymer is a key basic material for the manufacture of nappies and feminine hygiene products.


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