Solvay opens S$50m specialty chemicals plant in Singapore

| Energy & Chemicals

On 10 July 2015, Belgian specialty chemicals company Solvay opened a S$50 million alkoxylation plant on Jurong Island, which is its third and largest in Asia. The plant will complement existing facilities in India and China.

[Left to Right]: Mr Yuan Yu Lin, Site General Manager, Solvay; Mr Martin Laudenbach, President of Solvay Asia Pacific; Mr Benjamin Dubertret, French Ambassador to Singapore; Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry; Mr Emmanuel Butstraen, President, Solvay Novecare; Ms Evie Ruymbeke, Deputy Head of Mission & Consul, Belgium Embassy; Mr Pierre-Franck Valentin, Vice President and General Manager of Solvay Novecare Asia Pacific


Photo Credit: Solvay Novecare

The plant produces special alkoxylate surfactants, which give liquids certain characteristics such as cleansing or emulsifying properties. They are used in agrochemicals, coatings, and oil and gas, or for home and personal care product. The large scale plant receives ethylene oxide, a key raw material, via a dedicated pipeline from Shell and can produce up to 50,000 tonnes of surfactants a year.

Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran, who was guest-of-honour, said at the opening that the collaboration between Solvay and Shell is an example of how specialty chemical companies can leverage Singapore’s established petrochemical sector.

"Riding on these trends, Singapore is well placed to capture the strong growth opportunities in speciality chemicals," added Mr Iswaran, who is also Second Minister for Home Affairs

"This new plant in Singapore is contributing to the growth momentum that Novecare is bringing to the group,” said Mr Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Solvay Novecare. “(It has a) very strong location also, close to our customers, the major consumers located in Southeast Asia."

In addition, Solvay also announced the expansion of oil and gas research unit at its research and innovation centre in Biopolis.

Press Release
- 10 July 2015

Solvay opens S$50m specialty chemicals plant in Singapore