Shell Chemicals is increasing production capacity at its polyol production facility in Singapore by more than 100,000 tonnes per annum.
The expansion, expected for completion in 2014, is designed to supply rapidly growing demand for polyols in Asia. Polyols are used to manufacture foams for furniture, bedding and automotive applications.
“The Asia Pacific market for polyols has grown rapidly over the years and we see increasing demand for higher-comfort products, hence the requirement for a wider polyols offering,” Graham Hoff, executive VP for Shell Chemicals, said in a statement. “The additional volume and grades from this Singapore investment will enable us to meet customer demand growth from key markets in Asia, particularly China.”
The upgrade will include a new catalyst that will improve the conversion of propylene oxide and ethylene oxide to polyols.
The work follows similar expansions worldwide. In 2008, the firm completed similar upgrades at its Pernis manufacturing site in the Netherlands and in November 2012 it announced a polyol JV with Sabic in Saudi Arabia.