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The Dow Chemical Company and Davy Process Technology License LP OxoSM Technology to Tianjin Soda Plant in China

Published on 2007-03-12. Author : SpecialChem

LONDON, UK and MIDLAND, MICH. -- Dow Technology Licensing, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated affiliates (Dow), and Davy Process Technology Limited (DPT), a Johnson Matthey company, announced that Tianjin Soda Plant (Tianjin Soda) of Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Company Limited has selected LP OxoSM SELECTORSM 10 Technology for its new facility in the Lingang Industrial Area, Tianjin, The People's Republic of China. The LP Oxo Technology is cooperatively offered by DPT and Dow Technology Licensing.

The new global scale LP Oxo plant, which will be the largest of its kind in China, is slated to produce 250 KTA of 2-ethylhexanol (2EH) and butanols. Design and engineering is scheduled to begin in March 2007 and start-up is expected to occur in June of 2009. The new LP Oxo facility is part of Tianjin Soda's strategic plans to relocate to the new Lingang Industrial Area from its existing site in the Tanggu District of Tianjin, and expand its production capabilities to include petrochemical products. 2EH and butanols are used as plasticizers for PVC, and as solvents for coatings and adhesives, respectively. Demand for these products is expected to increase by seven percent over the next several years, driven by a robust Chinese economy.

"Davy and Dow have the leading oxo alcohols technology as well as a long history of cooperative projects in China," said Mr. Lai Zhenguo, vice president of Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry and president of Tianjin Soda. "We have great expectations of this project and hope to cooperate in many fields in the future."

At the contract signing ceremony in Tianjin on January 30th, David Tomlinson, president of DPT said, "This will be the largest LP OxoSM alcohols plant to be built in China, and it is particularly prestigious given its location within a completely new complex. We licensed our oxo alcohol technology in China first in 1978, and Tianjin Soda will be the fourth Chinese company to operate this technology, as well as the twenty-second licensee worldwide. We are very pleased to welcome Tianjin Soda into the oxo alcohols family."

"For nearly a century, the Tianjin Soda Plant has upheld a solid reputation for high quality and service in the chemical industry. So when they decided to expand into the petrochemical area, they went through a very stringent evaluation process before choosing a preferred oxo process technology," states Joseph Bromley, global business director for LP Oxo Alcohols at Dow. "We are honored that Tianjin Soda Plant has chosen LP Oxo Technology, whichenables the licensed plant to enjoy low feedstock and energy requirements as well as low environmental impact. We are also pleased to contribute to sustainable development of China."

About LP Oxosm Technology

LP OxoSM Technology is a low-pressure hydroformylation process that uses propylene and synthesis gas (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide) to produce normal- and iso-butyraldehydes. These butyraldehydes are then converted into 2-ethylhexanol (2EH) and normal- and iso-butanol. For more than 30 years, DPT and UCC have co-marketed and delivered LP Oxo Technology licenses and services. To date, 31 projects have been implemented in 15 countries, on four continents. LP Oxo Technology is recognized as the world's leading licensed oxo technology, contributing to more than 85 percent of the world's licensed propylene based oxo capacity.

About Davy Process Technology

Davy Process Technology has a global business in petrochemicals technology development and technology licensing. The company has headquarters in London, and it's Technology Centre in Stockton-on-Tees. It owns a range of proprietary process technologies such as Methanol, Gas Conversion Technologies, Butanediol, Natural Detergent Alcohols, Oxo Alcohols, Industrial Amines and Ethyl Acetate.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Dow Technology Licensing is a business unit of Dow that markets technologies owned by The Dow Chemical Company, Union Carbide Corporation and their subsidiaries.

Source: Dow

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