Germany’s Evonik to build hydrogen peroxide plant in Jilin, China

06 October 2011 10:54  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--German producer Evonik Industries said on Thursday it will invest more than €100m ($133m) to build a new hydrogen peroxide plant in China’s Jilin province.

The plant, which will have a production capacity of 230,000 tonnes/year, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013, the company said in a statement.

The new plant will boost Evonik’s overall production capacity for hydrogen peroxide by nearly 40% from around 600,000 tonnes/year currently, it said.

Evonik will supply output from the new facility directly to an adjacent propylene oxide (PO) plant run by China-based Jishen Chemical Industry Co via a pipeline, under a long-term supply agreement between the two companies, the German producer said.

Jishen will use an innovative technology to make PO from hydrogen peroxide, it said.

The technology called HPPO process was developed by Evonik, in collaboration with engineering firm ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH.

“This move [investment in Jilin] is … part of our growth strategy that sees us making targeted investments in Asia and that will help us to achieve growth in that region,” said Dahai Yu, a member of Evonik’s executive board, in the statement.

PO is mainly used in manufacturing polyurethane (PUs) intermediates. PU has applications in upholstery for car seats or furniture.

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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