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Omsky Kauchuk starts up new IPA plant

January 21/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Omsky Kauchuk (Omsk Rubber) says it has begun producing isopropyl alcohol (IPA) at its new 30,000-metric tons/year plant in Omsk, Russia, as per the producer's press release.

Thanks to the new capacities, the production of isopropyl alcohol in our country will increase by more than 2.5 times, to almost 100,000 tons per year, Denis Maturov, Russias Minister of Industry and Trade, said at the plants commissioning on 18 January. This will significantly reduce the share of imports in this niche, and Omsky Kauchuk will be able to cover more than half of the market.

Acetone feedstock for the IPA plant is supplied from a phenol-acetone plant that Omsky Kauchuk brought online last year. Other Russian IPA producers are Khimprom, in Novocheboksarsk; Orsknefteorgsintez, in Orsk, and Sintez-Acetone, in Dzershinsk, according to data from IHS Markit.

Demand for IPA has surged globally over the past year owing to its use as an active ingredient in hand sanitizers, tightening supply and prompting multiple capacity expansions. In December 2020, Seqens (Ecully, France) announced a 45,000-metric tons/year expansion at Roussillon, France, with startup in early 2022. In October, Advanced Petrochemicals Co. announced plans for a 70,000-metric tons/year unit at Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

As MRC informed earlier, the production of phenol and acetone at Omsky Kauchuk was opened in January 2020.

Along with phenol, acetone is largely used to produce bisphenol A (BPA), which, in its turn, is used in the production of plastics such as polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PC granules (excluding imports and exports to\from Belarus) rose in January-November 2020 by 18% year on year to 83,600 tonnes (70,600 tonnes a year earlier).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bisphenol a, PC, acetone, phenol, sheet extrusion, medicine, petrochemistry, Omsky Caoutchouc, Russia.
Category:General News
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