S Korea’s Isu Chemical offers LAB from China joint-venture unit

22 October 2012 09:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Isu Chemical has begun to offer product from its joint-venture linear alkyl benzene (LAB) plant in Taicang, near Shanghai, a source close to the company said on Monday.

With the start-up of the China plant, Isu Chemical has become the world’s third-largest producer of LAB.

“LAB from the new China plant is now available for sale to the domestic Chinese market as well as for export,” the source said. The plant achieved commercial production on 17 October, he added.

The Taicang plant is run by Great Orient Chemical, a joint venture formed by Isu Chemical with Indonesia’s Salim Group. Isu Chemical also operates two LAB plants with a total capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year at Ulsan in South Korea.

Isu Chemical's combined production capacity of LAB in South Korea and China will be 280,000 tonnes/ year after the Taicang plant is completed, the company said.

LAB is the raw material for producing detergents and surfactants.

In addition to LAB, Isu also produces branched alkyl benzene, heavy branched alkyl benzene, tertiary alkyl benzene, linear alkyl benzene sulphonate (LAS) and normal paraffin, as well as specialty chemicals such as de-aromatized solvent, parasol, and tertiary dodecyl mercaptan.

By: Prema Viswanathan
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