Solvay’s subsidiary Vinythai noted last month that it has successfully commissioned its 100,000 tonnes/year epichlorohydrin (ECH) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, that uses refined glycerin for feedstock via Solvay’s Epicerol technology.
ECH is an essential feedstock for the production of epoxy resins and is also increasingly being used in applications such as corrosion protection coating, in electronics, automotive or aersopace markets. A colleague from ICIS actually wrote an article (subscription only) last week about Vinythai’s plans in seeking long-term supply contracts of refined glycerin for the plant.
For 1 tonne of ECH produced using the Epicerol technology, 1.1 tonnes of refined glycerin is used as feedstock and added with hydrogen chloride.
Solvay is also planning to build another glycerin-to-ECH plant in Taixing, Jiangsu, China, with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, which is expected to start production in 2014. The plants output will be sold in domestic Chinese market.