Brussels, July 29, 2015 - Solvay announces today its intention to end the production of So-dium Percarbonate in Rosignano, Italy, by the end of the first quarter of 2016 at the latest.
The main reason is the further decrease of the use of powder detergent in Western Europe, the largest market for Sodium Percarbonate (SPC) as a bleaching agent. The anticipated social impact should be very limited as employees will be allocated to existing or new activities on the site of Rosignano.
Hydrogen peroxide becoming available following the planned closure of SPC production will be used to captively feed Solvay’s new Hydrogen Peroxide Electronic Grade unit in Rosignano, which will start in 2016, as well as to ramp up the Peracetic Acid unit which began production in 2015.
Sodium Percarbonate customers will be served from Solvay’s biggest SPC plant in Bad Hönningen, Germany, in which Solvay invested to produce the improved performance grades requested by the market.
SOLVAY PEROXIDES Global Business Unit is a worldwide market and technology leader in Hydrogen Peroxide. Providing functional qualities such as bleaching, oxidation or disinfection, it delivers innovative products and tailored services to the pulp, chemicals, aquaculture, food, mining, waste water treatment, home care and textile industries. SOLVAY PEROXIDES operates 17 plants in North and South America, Europe & Middle East, Asia and Australia. It runs the world’s biggest Hydrogen Peroxide plant in Map-Ta-Phut (Thailand). With is JV partner Peróxidos do Brasil, Solvay Peroxides is developing a new small satellite plant concept, myH2O2®, especially designed for installation at customer sites in remote locations. Innovation capacity and agility are two of GBU Peroxides’ strengths.
As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aeronautics or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated 10.2 billion euros in net sales in 2014. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on EURONEXT Brussels and EURONEXT Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).