Solvay has begun commercial output at two new large-scale, ‘on-pipe’ alkoxylation facilities in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Both units are located in integrated petrochemical hubs and receive ethylene oxide via dedicated pipelines, for a wide range of specialty surfactants made by Solvay’s Novecare business. Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Solvay’s Novecare global business unit, said, “In the Netherlands, our teams were able to start production well ahead of schedule to meet the evolving regional supply needs of our customers. “Both facilities in Moerdijk and in Singapore are platforms for providing highly competitive and innovative intermediates to further penetrate key markets in Europe and Asia Pacific for our agrochemicals, coatings, home and personal care, industrial and oil and gas markets.” At the recently acquired Moerdijk site, located between the transport and logistics hubs of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium, Solvay already is ramping up capacity for the third quarter. The Novecare plant in Singapore will hold its opening ceremony in July, after successfully completing trial batch production in May. Novecare is the specialty surfactant manufacturer with 10 production sites, two research & innovation centres in Singapore and Shanghai, China, and a recently opened R&I laboratory in Japan. Both facilities produce alkoxylates which form the chemical foundation for a broad offering of surfactants used in detergents, paints, lubricants and plant protection. www.solvay.com