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Hydrite Advanced Resins, LLC Begins Manufacturing Epoxy Resins at Wisconsin Plant

Published on 2010-09-07. Author : SpecialChem

COTTAGE GROVE, Wisconsin -- Hydrite Advanced Resins, LLC, (HAR), a new company formed from the combined resources of Hydrite Chemical Co. and the technologies of Polymers 2000 LTD, has begun epoxy resin production at its new facility in Cottage Grove, WI.

Early this year HAR commissioned a major expansion at Hydrite Chemical Co.'s facility near Madison, WI, including twin 12,500 gallon reactors custom designed for the manufacture of epichlorohydrin derivatives including specialty liquid epoxy resins. One of the primary reasons for this effort is the need for a domestic manufacturer of high performance epoxy resins. Consistent with the parent companies established practices, the design and operation of the expansion exceeds industry safety and quality standards (the business is ISO 9001-2008 registered). The site's existing extensive organic synthesis and distillation equipment complements the epoxy plant with capabilities of downstream processing and advancement of epoxy resins as well as purification by fractional distillation and/or thin film evaporation.

The expansion includes bulk storage of epichlorohydrin as well as solid and liquid co-reactants. The versatile plant has the capability of producing a broad range of mono and multifunctional aliphatics including alkyl glycidyl ethers. HAR's initial offering is a series of phenolic glycidyl ethers including resorcinol diglycidyl ether (RDGE).

The design includes the capability of vacuum distillation of epichlorohydrin and processing solvents, including azeotropic separation. Multiple support vessels provide the ability to achieve very low levels of hydrolysable chloride (HCC) and residual epichlorohydrin.

About Hydrite Chemical Co.

Hydrite Chemical Co. established in 1929, is a diversified chemical company with 10 North American locations including the Cottage Grove site which has over 40 years experience in chemical manufacturing.

Source: Hydrite Chemical Co.

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