04 September 2012 11:56 [Source: ICIS news]
The plant’s start-up will raise Hanwha Chemical’s total EVA/LDPE capacity to 120,000 tonnes/year. For EVA alone, up to 100,000 tonnes/year can be produced at the
The company currently operates two EVA/LDPE swing plants, each of which has an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year, in
Hanwha Chemical also operates a 350,000 tonne/year LDPE/EVA swing plant in Yeosu.
The company mainly produces EVA containing 9-28% of vinyl acetate (VA) at its production sites in
Hanwha Chemical plans to ramp up the production of 15-40% VA-content grades once the new plant in Ulsan comes on stream, the official said.
EVA resin can be used to produce injection products, agricultural films, foam products, hot-melt adhesives, electric wires and cables. It is also used in the manufacture of solar panels, construction materials, inks and coatings.
Major EVA producers in Asia include Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) and USI Far East; South Korea’s Honam Petrochemical and Samsung Total; Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical, DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals and Tosoh Corp; China’s YPC-BASF (BYC), Beijing Organic and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers; Singapore’s The Polyolefin Co (Singapore) and Thailand’s TPI Polene.
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