Solvay begins alkoxylation production at two new large-scale plants in Europe and Asia
Brussels, June 11, 2015 --- Solvay has started production at its two new large-scale and “on-pipe” alkoxylation facilities in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Both units are located in integrated petrochemical hubs and receive ethylene oxide via dedicated pipelines, providing a secure supply of this key raw material for a wide range of specialty surfactants by Solvay’s Novecare business.
“In the Netherlands, our teams were able to start production well ahead of schedule to meet the evolving regional supply needs of our customers,” said Emmanuel Butstraen, President of Solvay’s Novecare Global Business Unit. “Both facilities in Moerdijk and in Singapore are platforms for providing highly competitive and innovative intermediates to further penetrate key markets in Europe and Asia Pacific for our agrochemicals, coatings, home and personal care, industrial and oil and gas markets.”
At its recently acquired Moerdijk site, situated between the key regional transport and logistics hubs of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium, Solvay is ramping up capacity already for the third quarter.
The Novecare plant in Singapore will hold its opening ceremony next month. It is ramping up full-scale production after having successfully completed its trial batch production in May. Solvay’s Novecare is already Asia’s largest specialty surfactant manufacturer with 10 production sites, two Research & Innovation centers in Singapore and Shanghai, China, and a recently opened R&I laboratory in Tokyo, Japan.
Both facilities produce alkoxylates which form the chemical foundation for a broad offering of Novecare’s specialty surfactants, which are used for example in shampoos, detergents, paints, lubricants and plant protection.
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).