Clariant to Build new Catalyst Plant in China
23rd September 2020
Specialty chemicals company Clariant plans to build a new catalyst plant in China, its third in the country, as the Swiss group strives to strengthen its existing network.
The new facility, to be located at the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, will produce Clariant’s Catofin catalyst for propane dehydrogenation (PDH), which is used to produce olefins such as propylene or isobutene. Construction is scheduled to start this quarter with full capacity planned by 2022.
Clariant’s chief operating officer Hans Bohnen said: “As we have defined the right portfolio for Clariant’s focused growth strategy, it is now vital that we invest in these core high-value specialty businesses, such as catalysts, to put them in the strongest possible market positions. China continues to be a growth market with attractive prospects for Clariant.”
The plant will also be Clariant Catalysts’ most digitized facility to date, incorporating sophisticated automation systems throughout the production process. Clariant already has a joint venture facility with the North Huajin Group in Panjin as well as a fully-owned Clariant facility in Jinshan, Shanghai.
According to Clariant, China is the world’s leading producer of on-purpose propylene, accounting for about 50% of total global capacity, with output expected to continue rising by 8% annually. As such, the first phase of the new plant will focus on meeting China’s PDH requirements.
Clariant added that it may expand manufacturing capabilities at the site in the future to offer further catalyst technologies that are relevant to China’s chemical industry.
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