15 May 2012 17:15 [Source: ICIS news]
The expansion, which raised phenol capacity to more than 250,000 tonnes/year from 227,000 tonnes/year, was started up in mid-April, said Vincent Kamel, president of Rhodia’s Coatis oxygenated solvents and phenol-based products business.
“We are running at full rates,” Kamel said, noting that output is slightly exceeding the 250,000 tonnes/year design capacity.
Acetone capacity was raised to 150,000 tonnes/year from 135,000 tonnes/year, he said.
The expansion will mainly meet rising demand for phenol in
That means that about 8,000 tonnes of new phenol capacity will be needed each year, said Kamel. “So probably in the next two to three years we will be adding capacity again,” he added.
Phenol’s main uses are in the production of bisphenol A (BPA) and phenolic resins.
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