S Korea's Hanwha Chemical starts test runs at new Ulsan EVA plant

04 September 2012 11:56  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Hanwha Chemical has started trial runs at its new 40,000 tonne/year ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)/low density polyethylene (LDPE) swing plant at Ulsan, as scheduled, a company official said on Tuesday.

“We started test runs at the end of August and normal production will be achieved by the end of October,” the source said.

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 Ulsan site with the new plant, according to the source.

The company currently operates two EVA/LDPE swing plants, each of which has an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year, in Ulsan, the official said.

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 Ulsan and Yeosu, and exports more than half of its output.

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.


By: Helen Lee
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