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ABT increases bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) capacity to 120 000 tpa

In Thailand, bio-based chemical company Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd (ABT) has announced a capacity increase at its plant in Map Ta Phut by 20 000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The plant will now produce 120 000 tpa of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) – a chemical used in the manufacture of epoxy resins. Permission for this increase was granted by the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand.

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In Thailand, bio-based chemical company Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd (ABT) has announced a capacity increase at its plant in Map Ta Phut by 20 000 tonnes per annum (tpa). The plant will now produce 120 000 tpa of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) – a chemical used in the manufacture of epoxy resins (photo courtesy ABT).

According to a statement, the capacity increase at ABT’s plant was made possible thanks to improvements in process efficiency and process optimizations in production. Less waste is also being produced at the plant due to optimized recycling technology.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Vinythai plc, ABT has produced its bio-based ECH since 2012 using a patented technology, based on natural and renewable glycerine instead of propylene, a fossil fuel derivative. ABT has operated its world-class manufacturing unit in Map Ta Phut since February 2012 and is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) since 2015

 We are grateful to the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand who granted permission for this capacity increase at our plant. We provide the most sustainable ECH on the market and demand for it continues to grow. We are glad that we can continue to serve downstream users around the globe who are committed to sustainability, said Masaki Takahashi, Managing Director at ABT.

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