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Hexion to add phenolic resin capacity at Brimbank facility

November 07/2019

MOSCOW (MRC)--US thermoset resins producer Hexion will expand its plant at Brimbank near Melbourne, Australia by adding phenolic resin capacity, as part of its strategy to expand its adhesives and binders business, said the company.

The addition at the facility is expected to meet the increasing demand for phenolic resins for several applications, including fire-resistant cladding material for commercial, residential and institutional properties.

Construction of a new reactor and associated infrastructure is to begin early next year, with startup of production expected in Q1 2021, Hexion said in a statement this week. Financial or capacity details were not disclosed.

The new capacity will help Hexion meet growing regional demand for phenolic resins in a range of commercial, institutional and residential applications.

УAs the main phenolic resin producer in Australia, we remain committed to growing with our regional customers and delivering innovative solutions,Ф said Rob Schmidt, Hexion vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific.

Adhesives and phenolic resins are used as binders in construction applications, especially where there is a need for high heat performance and long-term durability. Phenolic adhesives are used for load-bearing engineered wood members such as structural plywood and laminated veneer lumber to provide thermal stability at high temperatures.

As MRC informed earlier, Hexion plans to resume production of BPA in Pernis (Pernis, Netherlands) in the third week of November after a scheduled repair. This production with a capacity of 120 thousand tons of BPA per year was closed in the last week of October.

Phenol is the main feedstock component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in its turn, is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, Russia's estimated consumption of polycarbonate (PC) rose in in the first three quarters of 2019 by 11% year on year to 61,000 tonnes (54,800 tonnes a year earlier). Consumption in the injection moulding sector grew in the first nine months of 2019 by 10% year on year to 7,900 tonnes from 7,200 tonnes a year earlier.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:bisphenol A, PK, PC granules, PC compounds, phenol, Hexion, Russia, USA.
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