The Woodlands, Texas - Huntsman Corp. held an official opening on 30 Oct at its world-scale 16-kilotonnes-per-annum capacity Jeffamine polyetheramine plant at Jurong Island, Singapore, which was commissioned in June.
"From our vantage point as a leading polyetheramine producer for the US and European markets for several decades, we were well-positioned to anticipate the growth potential for the product in the Asia Pacific region, especially in epoxy curatives and polyurea coatings," said Peter Huntsman, president and ceo of Huntsman, in an announcement on the new plant.
"This new $40-million facility will be a key platform for us as we continue to support our customers' global growth."
According to the Huntsman group, key uses for the polyetheramines include epoxy coatings, concrete additives, organic pigments, fuel and lubricant additives, herbicides and pesticides. In polyurea coatings, the amine-terminated polyoxypropylene backbone of the materials is key to low moisture-vapour transmission rates in the polymer.
The new plant includes the group's latest proprietary amine technology to ensure safety and environmental performance, said Huntsman's statement.
Singapore offers a "favourable business environment," with "strong intellectual property protection, a highly skilled workforce, excellent connectivity and a world class infrastructure," the statement added.
"The Singapore plant, which complements Huntsman's existing polyetheramine manufacturing facilities in Conroe, Texas, and Llanelli, Wales, gives us a truly global manufacturing footprint for polyetheramines, and provides a regional source for our customers with operations in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific market," commented Don Stanutz, president of the Performance Products Division in the company statement.