US Solutia to expand insoluble sulphur capacity at Malaysia site

26 January 2011 01:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Solutia plans to expand the capacity of its insoluble sulphur operations at Kuantan in Malaysia’s Pahang state to serve the rapidly growing markets in China and India, the specialty chemicals and materials firm said on Tuesday.

“This expansion will double [the] current capacity, making Solutia's Kuantan site the largest insoluble sulphur manufacturing facility in the world,” the US-based company said in a statement.

Solutia did not release the current capacity of the operation, nor did it say when it planned to make the expansion. The company did not immediately respond to questions.

Solutia currently produces insoluble sulphur at seven locations around the world, which includes facilities in Kuantan, Malaysia, and at Kashima in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, it said.

Insoluble sulphur is used as a vulcanising agent in the tyre industry.

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