10 März 2015

Epicerol® plant recognised as ‘Commercial Scale Plant of the Year’ finalist

Bio-based epichlorohydrin facility to compete against traditional oil-based production

The Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) Epicerol® plant was among the top three finalists for ‘Commercial Scale Plant of the Year’. The prestigious accolade was announced at the WBM Bio Business Awards in Amsterdam.

Since its startup in 2012, the Epicerol® plant has fully demonstrated its ability to compete against traditional oil-based production.

“Solvay and ABT are proud to have been recognised for our world-class Epicerol® plant,” said Thibaud Caulier, Senior Marketing Manager at Solvay. “We are breaking new ground in renewable chemicals and supplying market-competitive bio-based ECH at commercial-scale.”

Epicerol®’s commercial development has capitalised on its distinctive assets. These allow the ABT plant to keep producing at more than 70% of its nominal capacity, significantly higher than the ECH industry average in Asia. Epicerol® also partner with leading companies down the value chain who valorise the bio-based ECH in applications.

About Epicerol®

Epicerol® is bio-based epichlorohydrin (ECH) produced by an innovative technology from Solvay, the reliable industrial partner with a global presence. Based on renewable glycerol, Epicerol® is the most sustainable ECH in terms of CO2 emissions and process environmental performance.
The Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) plant in Thailand has been operational since 2012. ABT is fully owned by Vinythai, a subsidiary of Solvay that employs about 470 people.

Source: Solvay, press release, 2015-03-04.

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