Atofina to build a new organic peroxides plant in China


Atofina, the chemicals Branch of the Total Group, has confirmed its intention to build a new organic peroxides production plant in China. With an initial 3,000 tpa capacity, this future plant will be built on the Atofina Changshu industrial platform (Shanghai area). It should consolidate Atofina's presence in Asia in order to follow the demand for organic peroxides which is growing in conjunction with demand for polymers in the continental Asia.

"With this capacity increase and bearing in mind the region's growth possibilities, we should be in a position to meet the marginal needs of the polymerisation initiators market until 2009 / 2010", explains Romuald de Haut de Sigy, General Manager Organic Peroxides Europe & Asia.

This new 100% owned unit will complement the joint ventures operated for many years in Korea, Japan and India, whose minority partner has been bought out in October 2002. This move will enable Atofina to serve a wider scope of local customers by improving the logistics and secure operations within the frame of the Group's safety and environmental standards.

Atofina operates 10 organic peroxides facilities around the world. In addition to its three Asian sites, Atofina has plants in the United States (States of New York and Texas) and in Europe (Günzburg in Germany, Spinetta in Italy, and Loison in France).

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