Clariant expands ethoxylation plant in Daya Bay, China

13 January 2014 06:43 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced on 10 January it has started the expansion of its ethoxylation plant in Daya Bay, Huizhou, China in early 2014, according to a news release from the company.

As the first ethoxylation production site under Clariant Business Unit Industrial and Consumer Specialty (BUICS) in Asia, the Daya Bay plant was put into operation in 2011 with the initial capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year, according to the company.

The company has not confirmed when the expansion can be completed.

"We have started the construction recently in early 2014, and expect the expansion will be completed in two years, but no actual timetable by now," a company source told ICIS.

After completion of the expansion, the total capacity of the plant will reach 100,000 tonnes/year, it added.

In addition to boosting the existing productivity, new products will be produced in the Daya Bay plant after expansion to meet the rapidly growing demand in China and other Asian markets.

"We have the ambition to significantly increase our presence in China – one of the fastest-growing chemical markets in the world – and this new investment is an important step towards realizing this goal," said Jan Kreibaum, Clariant's Regional Head of Greater China.

By Dolly Wu