Solvay announced that it will build a large-scale alkoxylation facility in Singapore. The facility will be connected to Shell’s new High Purity Ethylene Oxide (HPEO) unit located in the petrochemical hub of Jurong Island. The “on pipe” facility will be supplied by an ethylene oxide (EO) pipe from Shell to feed the alkoxylation activities. The plant which is expected to start operations by 2015 will produce specialty alkoxylate surfactants which deliver targeted cleansing, dispersing, defoaming and emulsifying performance attributes in formulations.
The investment for the new plant serving the fast-growing Asian market in home & personal care, coatings, industrial, agrochemicals and oil & gas comes after Solvay last week announced that it would build a specialty surfactant plant near Berlin, serving the Central and Eastern European markets.
Solvay Novecare is already Asia’s largest specialty surfactant manufacturer with 11 production sites and two R&D centers in Singapore and Shanghai.
- Solvay, Brussels, Belgium