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Lucite International Appoints Partner for New Singapore plant

Published on 2005-11-25. Author : SpecialChem

Lucite International, one of the world's leading manufacturers of acrylic products and owner of the renowned Lucite® and Perspex® brands, has appointed Foster Wheeler Energy Limited as the engineering contractor for its' new Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) manufacturing facility in Singapore. The 120kte plant will use Lucite International's proprietary Alpha technology and will be commissioned in 2008.

Alpha technology offers significant economic and environmental benefits over conventional manufacturing routes, and is set to revolutionise the production cost-base for MMA, the essential building block for acrylic.

Speaking from the Company's UK research centre where Alpha was developed, Neil Sayers, VP for Manufacturing, Technology and SHE comments: "Foster Wheeler is one of the world's biggest and most respected engineering and construction contractors. Their long experience of working in Singapore combined with strong design facilities in both the UK and locally in Singapore make them the ideal partner for Lucite International in this ground-breaking new plant we are building."

Detailed design and development work for the new plant is well under way and construction is expected to commence in June 2006. The Singapore plant is the first in a series of Alpha-based facilities planned by the Company. The new operations will progress in scale - the second is planned to come on stream in 2011 and will have a capacity of 250kte. These new technology plants will complement Lucite International's existing facilities in China, the USA, Europe and Taiwan. The Company supplies around 25% of the total volume of MMA and is committed to a strategy for global growth.

Source: Lucite International

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