Huntsman’s Singapore Amines Plant on Schedule

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Woodlands, Texas-based chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corp. said its first Asia Pacific polyetheramines site, which broke ground in Juron Island, Singapore in November 2005, is on schedule and expected to begin commercial production in the third quarter of this year.

The new plant will produce 30 million pounds of Jeffamine-brand products annually, complementing Huntsmans larger polyetheramines facilities in Conroe, Texas and Llanelli, Wales. BASF is the other major global supplier of the chemical.

A Huntsman spokeswoman confirmed to Lube Report that lubricant and fuel additives are among the key applications for the companys Jeffamine-brand polyetheramines. Polyetheraminesare used as carrier oils, detergents and dispersing agents in lubricant and fuel compositions. Other applications include epoxy coatings, concrete additives, organic pigments, herbicides and pesticides.

Being a dependable source of polyetheramines for the U.S. and European markets, we could see the growth potential, especially in epoxy curatives and polyurea coatings, said Dan Stanutz, president of Huntsmans Performance Products division. Completion of the Singapore plant will significantly increase our capacity and give us a truly global platform for the manufacture and marketing of this specialty product. With a world class infrastructure, highly skilled workforce, strong intellectual property protection and excellent connectivity, this new facility is an important factor in helping us continue to support our customers global growth.

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