Czech Spolchemie to build glycerine plant for green ECH, resins

07 March 2014 14:37 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Spolchemie will this year construct a glycerine plant, the output of which will be used in the firm’s production of environmentally-friendly epichlorohydrin (ECH), the Czech company said on Friday.

The company’s produced ECH is largely utilised as a feedstock in its production of ‘Green Epoxy Resins’, said Spolchemie, which currently sources glycerine supplies as a low-cost byproduct of biodiesel manufacturing, it added.

The company, which boasts proprietary glycerine-to-ECH technology, could not yet give a confirmed capacity for the new koruna (Kc) 20m ($1m, €0.7m) glycerine plant but said it should be fully constructed at the company’s Usti nad Labem production site in the northern Czech Republic by January 2015.

Gylcerine-based ECH, for which Spolchemie has gained an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), is known as ECH-G, the company said.

Spolchemie’s ECH plant has a capacity of 26,000 tonnes/year.

ECH is also used to make durable coatings for storage tanks, pipes, appliances and food and drink cans.

($1 = €0.72, $1 = Kc19.74, €1 = Kc27.35)

By Will Conroy