To keep up with the strong growth of the acrylic esters market, Arkema announced a new 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate production unit at its Carling site (France).
"This new 50,000 metric tonnes unit will use a new innovative process developed by Arkema’s R&D and Process Department. Due to come on stream in the fall of 2009, it will help match the strong growth in the 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate world market, one of the main applications being the manufacture of pressure sensitive adhesives", Marie-Pierre Chevallier, Managing Director of Arkema’s Acrylics Business Unit, announced.
Acrylic esters are produced by reacting acrylic acid with an alcohol. Arkema manufactures and markets a wide range of these products, in particular methyl, ethyl, butyl and 2-ethyl hexyl acrylates.