08 December 2011 14:46 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Shell is to build a demonstration unit in Singapore capable of producing 500 tonnes/year of diphenyl carbonate (DPC), the Anglo-Dutch oil major said on Thursday.
DPC is a key intermediate in the production of polycarbonate (PC) – a versatile and growing engineering plastic used in a wide variety of applications, from optical media, household items and automotive components to electronics and sheeting/film, added Shell.
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Shell Chemicals executive vice-president Ben van Beurden said: “This investment decision is an important step towards commercialising DPC as a new product for Shell Chemicals. The polycarbonate industry has enjoyed good demand growth and Shell’s advantaged route to polycarbonate production can provide the platform for us to become a major supplier of feedstock to the industry."
“Shell already supplies phenol and acetone to the polycarbonate sector. DPC produced via a phosgene-free route has the potential to become a significant intermediate and fits well with our strategy, portfolio and customer base,” van Beurden added.
Financial figures and a start-up date for the project were not disclosed.
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