Jiangsu Sanding starts building $4bn China petrochemical project

14 January 2013 07:48  [Source: ICIS news]

By Viola Pan

Caprolactam is used in the production of nylon, which is widely used in the manufacture of hosiery, knitted garments, threads, ropes, filaments, nets and tyre cords.SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Jiangsu Sanding Petrochemical and Technology has started building its planned yuan (CNY) 25bn ($4bn) petrochemical and specialty materials project in Yancheng, a company source said on Monday.

Construction of a 1m tonne/year caprolactam (capro) project at the site at Jiangsu province in eastern China commenced following a groundbreaking ceremony held on 1 January, the source said.

This project will roughly double China's annual capro capacity, which stood at 1.115m tonnes/year in 2012, according to Chemease, an ICIS service in China.

Capro is an intermediate product that is primarily used in the production of nylon 6 fibres, plastics and other polymeric materials.

Jiangsu Sanding's Yancheng site is also expected to produce 1.3m tonnes/year of cyclohexanone; 500,000 tonnes/year of polyamide 6 chips; and 300,000 tonnes/year of adipic acid (ADA), the source said.

The whole project, which will be built in three phases, is expected to be completed in four to six years, the company source said.

No further details nor any definite timeline were provided for the completion of each phase of the project.

Jiangsu Sanding Petrochemical and Technology is a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Sanding Holding Group.

The parent firm has a capacity to produce 180,000 tonnes/year of polyamide yarns and 70,000 tonnes/year of polyamide chips, according to its website.

($1 = CNY6.22)

Additional reporting by Angeline Zhang

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By: Viola Pan
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