MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik plans to launch new plasticizer products based on the raw material INA (Isononanol) next year, said the company.
This will strengthen the Group's global business in plasticizers, which are used in particular for flexible PVC products such as cables, flooring and roofing membranes. The new products are to be manufactured at the Group's largest site in Marl, Germany.
"We are confident of the future viability of our oxo alcohol INA and our INA-based plasticizers VESTINOL® 9 and ELATUR CH. With the new products, we are addressing the specific needs of our customers and complementing our portfolio on a step-by-step basis," says Paul Harmsen, Vice President Strategic Marketing at Evonik Performance Intermediates. The portfolio expansion contributes to the consistent strategy of expanding our business with innovative plasticizers of the new generation.
To determine how existing production capacities at the Marl site can best be expanded, Evonik recently commissioned preliminary planning. As soon as this planning has been completed, the basic engineering phase will begin. This will involve the definition of the basic requirements for the facilities and further elaboration of details on production volumes. The necessary construction work can then begin.
The market for innovative plasticizers is growing rapidly. Evonik is driving this development with its expansion. "As an innovative player in the plasticizers industry, we are embracing trends in this industry. In addition to a balanced product portfolio, supply security is particularly relevant for our customers. Our response to this is to take measures to further secure the availability of plasticizers and the raw materials used to produce them," says Roland Pietz, Head of the Oxo Alcohols and Plasticizers market segment at Performance Intermediates. In addition to the universal plasticizer VESTINOL 9 (DINP), Evonik already offers the innovative products ELATUR® CH (DINCH) and ELATUR® DPT.
As MRC informed earlier, in February, 2020, Dow and Evonik entered into an exclusive technology partnership. Together, they plan to bring a unique method for directly synthesizing propylene glycol (PG) from propylene and hydrogen peroxide to market maturity.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,868,160 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 18% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in January-September 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) decreased significantly.
Evonik Industries is one of the world's leading chemical companies in the promising areas of specialty chemistry. The company's products are focused on the high growth rates of megatrends, especially healthcare, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization.