Ashland achieves on-spec production at China HEC facility

08 December 2010 13:51  [Source: ICIS news]

NANJING (ICIS)--Ashland has achieved on-spec production at its new 10,000 tonne/year hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) facility in Nanjing, China, an official with the US-based specialty chemicals producer and distributor said on Wednesday.

The company invested $90m (€67.5m) in the new HEC facility, which started up on 4 November, said John Panichella, president of Ashland’s aqualon functional ingredients business.

The investment is Ashland’s largest in China as well as in the Asia-Pacific region, Panichella added.

The facility, located at the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park, will include two HEC plants.

“We are now planning the construction of the second plant, which also will have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes/year,” said an Ashland official.

“But the actual date has not been confirmed; it will depend on the market situation,” he added.

The Nanjing facility is Ashland’s fourth HEC production facility in the world, joining those in North America and the Netherlands.

HEC, a cellulose polymer, is a gelling and thickening agent that has a range of applications, including shampoos and gels as well as latex paint.

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