By Liz White, UT staffThe Woodlands, Texas-Huntsman Corp. is planning to build a world-scale polyetheramine manufacturing facility in Jurong Island, Singapore.The amine facility, with annual capacity of about 13.6 kilotonnes, should start operating in the first quarter of 2007, said a Huntsman statement on the new unit. Announcing the plan, Peter Huntsman, president and ceo, said, “Our construction of this new facility is consistent with our corporate strategy of selectively investing in our differentiated businesses.” Production from the new plant, “will help us to meet the rapidly growing demand for polyetheramines, especially in the critical Asia/Pacific region,” he added. “We currently have polyetheramine production facilities in Conroe, Texas and Llanelli, Wales. Completion of the Singapore plant will increase our capacity by approximately 25 percent and give us a truly global platform for the manufacture and marketing of this specialty product,” Peter Huntsman explained. Huntsman lists key polyetheramines applications as epoxy coatings, concrete additives, organic pigments, fuel and lube additives, and herbicides and pesticides, but the materials also find use as part of the amine content in polyurea spray coatings. “
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