Evonik to ramp up MTBE, BD, 1-butene capacities

11 January 2013 10:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik is planning an expansion of its production of C4-derived materials worth hundreds of millions of euros, the Germany-based chemicals company said on Friday.

The company is to expand production of butadiene (BD), methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and 1-butene at sites in Germany and Belgium.

Evonik is to scale up 1-butene capacity in Marl, Germany by 75,000 tonnes, making it the world’s largest producer of 1-butene, it said. BD capacity will be expanded by 100,000 tonnes in Antwerp, Belgium, and MTBE capacity will be expanded by 150,000 tonnes across the company’s facilities in Marl and Antwerp.

The expansions are expected to come onstream in 2015, creating 40 new jobs. The company declined to state the exact cost of the investment.

“With this investment we are expanding our technology leadership and our premier market position in C4 chemistry on a long-term basis,” said Evonik board member Dahai Yu.

1-butene is used in the production of plastics such as polyethylene, while BD is used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, and MTBE is used to raise the octane number in fuel.

By: Tom Brown
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