Jilin, China – Evonik has invested more than EUR100m ($136m) in a new hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) plant producing propylene oxide for polyurethane production.
A press release from the Germany-based company said it will supply H2O2 from Jilin “straight to the neighbouring propylene oxide plant run by Jishen Chemical Industry Co” as part of a long-term supply agreement.
According to the release, Jishen will use the hydrogen peroxide to manufacture propylene oxide on the basis of the HPPO (hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide) process in which propylene is oxidized with hydrogen peroxide.
Propylene oxide is used to make the polyurethane intermediates for car seat upholstery and furniture or insulation material for construction and refrigeration.
Evonik developed the HPPO process together with ThyssenKrupp Uhde.
As reported previoulsy at UTECH-polyurethane.com, Evonik began cultivating its China-based HPPO partnership strategy in 2010.
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