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Thailand-based ABT increases bio-based ECH capacity to 120,000 tonnes per year

 “We are glad that we can continue to serve downstream users around the globe who are committed to sustainability.”

Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) has announced that is boosting the amount of bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) it produces at its facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, to 120,000mt/year – an increase of 20,000mt/year.

In a statement, the biochemical company said it received permission from the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand to increase its capacity. ABT’s plant is based at a site at Thailand’s largest industrial park. Map Ta Phut is a town based in Rayong – an eastern Thai province on the Gulf of Thailand.

ECH is normally used to produce epoxy resins, which are used extensively as binders in protective coatings. Traditionally, basic epoxy reins are produced from ECH an bisphenol A (BPA), both of which are typically derived from petroleum.

The capacity increase at ABT’s plant was made possible thanks to improvements in process efficiency and process optimisations in production, according to the company. Less waste is also being produced at the plant due to optimised recycling technology, it claimed.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vinythai public company, 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.

Mr. Masaki Takahashi, Managing Director at Advanced Biochemical (Thailand), said: “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.”

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