New capacity going into China, India, Brazil and Antwerp
Byline: Liz White
In its Urethane Additives business, Momentive Performance Materials is trying to make every pole as “self-sufficient as possible,” to serve the local markets, make the supply chain simpler and gain some cost synergies, said Tony Lanchak, global business director for that unit.
As part of this approach, the business is putting “significant finished goods capacity into China (in Nantong) to take advantage of our ability to make what we sell locally, as far back in the value chain as possible,” Lanchak said.
In April 2011, it announced a tripling of capacity at its Zhejiang Xinan JV in Jiande, China, to 150 kilotonnes per annum.
At the end of this year Momentive will add a second finished goods kettle at Nantong for silicone surfactants. Then in the first quarter next year it will back-integrate this to SiH fluids. “At that point, essentially we will be able to do what we do with almost global raw material capability,” the Momentive executive commented.
Momentive has also invested in Shanghai and is making both flexible and rigid additives in Chennai in India — and “will continue to extend the products there as time goes by,” said Lanchak, in a 26 Sept interview at the meeting of the US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, in Nashville, Tennessee.
As well as the second finished goods kettle at Nantong, it has added the same range at Ititaba in Brazil, with some…