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WeylChem to build aromatic-ring chlorination plant at Frankfurt

November 26/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- WeylChem (Frankfurt, Germany), the fine chemicals platform of International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Luxembourg), says it is investing to build a production facility for aromatic-ring chlorination at the group's Frankfurt-Hochst site, said Chemweek.

The start of production at the new facility is planned for the first quarter of 2022, the company says. Further details have not been disclosed. The facility will strengthen the companys capabilities in side-chain chlorination and expand them to aromatic-ring chlorination for the specialty chemicals market, meeting the growing demand in Europe for local and resilient supply chains, the company says.

WeylChem will also establish a sustainable production cycle with the new plant, in which 4-chlorobenzotrichloride, a by-product of side-chain chlorination, will be refined to 2, 3, 4, 5-tetrachlorobenzoyl chloride and no longer need to be disposed of, the company says. With all the other by-products being refined or sold, the side-chain chlorination will reduce the company's waste footprint significantly, it says.

It will also enable Weylchem to backward integrate and install its own proprietary supply chain to use these products in its halogen exchange multipurpose plant at Allessa in Frankfurt-Fechenheim, the company says.

As per MRC, Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced the closing of the sale of its Detergents and Intermediates business to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG). The total consideration of the sale amounts to CHF 58 million, out of which CHF 20 million in cash became due at closing. Worldwide, 660 employees were transferred from Clariant to the new ICIG business, which from now on will operate under the WeylChem brand umbrella.

As MRC informed earlier, October production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) were 109,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 108,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of caustic soda totalled 1,054,600 tonnes in the first ten months of 2020, down by 1.6% year on year.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:liquid caustic soda, kausticheskaya soda, rigid caustic soda.
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