The Woodlands, Texas -- Huntsman Corp. and Zamil Holding Group Co. have completed their 50:50 joint venture ethyleneamines plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, a 27 Feb company statement said.
The 27-kilotonnes-per-annum plant, which will be operated by Arabian Amines Co., will produce ethylenediamine (EDA), diethylenetriamine (DETA), triethyleneamine (TETA) and higher molecular weight versions such as TEPA, E-100, AEP and piperazine, Huntsman said. Ethyleneamines are sometimes used to make specific polyols and catalysts for use in urethane systems and also act as intermediates to make products including epoxy curing agents.
The statement also said Huntsman's Performance Products business is licensing its maleic anhydride (MA) technology to International Diol Corp., a Saudi company which both Zamil and Huntsman are shareholders in. MA can be used as a building block to produce unsaturated polyester resins, for composites, particularly in shipbuilding, construction and automotive uses.
"This new capacity makes Huntsman the largest global supplier of ethyleneamines and a global leader in amine chemistry," said Huntsman ceo, Peter Huntsman, adding that the company is focused on the Middle East and supporting its international markets. (RD)"