28-Mar-2019 - Solvay

Solvay to raise hydroquinone capacity in Europe by 20%

Solvay is raising its European capacity of hydroquinone by 20%, enhancing the security of supply on three continents and to meet increasing demand for diphenol inhibitors used as additives by the monomer industry.

This capacity expansion at its plant in Saint-Fons, France is accomplished by debottlenecking the existing unit and follows a recent capacity increase in Zhenjiang, China. The project should be fully operational in Q2-2019.

“Solvay is committed to serve its customers’ long-term growing needs in all major regions and this new capacity increase in Europe will allow to continue to reliably supply our full range of monomer inhibitors,” said Peter Browning, President of Solvay’s Aroma Performance GBU.  

Hydroquinone is key to process safety, transport and storage for monomer inhibition but also as a monomer itself in Polymer and Coatings applications.

The Saint-Fons Specialities plant in France is one of the 3 plants that makes up Solvay’s global inhibitor production network across Europe, North America and Asia, producing Hydroquinone; MEHQ (Monomethyl Ether of Hydroquinone); TBC (tertiary butyl-catechol) and PTZ (phenothiazine).

Facts, background information, dossiers
  • hydroquinone
More about Solvay
  • News

    DOMO Chemicals signs agreement to acquire Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe

    DOMO Chemicals and Solvay have signed an agreement for DOMO to acquire Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe. This includes Engineering Plastics operations in France and Poland; High Performance Fibers in France; Polymer and Intermediates operations in France, Spain & Poland. T ... more

    BASF moves forward in acquisition of Solvay's polyamide business

    In September 2017, BASF and Solvay agreed that BASF would acquire Solvay’s polyamide business subject to approval of the relevant merger control authorities. The approval process of the EU Commission is ongoing. To meet the concerns of the EU Commission, BASF has offered to refrain from acq ... more

    BASF to acquire Solvay’s global polyamide business

    BASF and Solvay have signed an agreement related to the sale of Solvay’s integrated polyamide business to BASF. The purchase price on a cash and debt-free basis would be €1.6 billion. According to applicable laws, the intended transaction is subject to consultations with the relevant social ... more

  • Companies

    Solvay (Schweiz) AG

    more

    Solvay SA

    SOLVAY is an international chemical and pharmaceutical Group with headquarters in Brussels. It employs some 29,000 people in 50 countries. In 2006, its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 9.4 billion, generated by its three sectors of activity: Chemicals, Plastics and Pharmaceuticals. So ... more

    SOLVAY GmbH

    Worldwide, the Solvay presence, notably in terms of sales and marketing, is ensured through regional organisations like national offices, affiliates, subsidiaries, … as well as local agents in the countries where Solvay doesn’t have its own organisation. Solvay chemicals in smaller volumes ... more