More hydroquinone capacity planned in France / Raw material for PEEK production
Solvay's hydroquinone plant at its US site in Louisiana (Photo: Solvay)
Solvay (Brussels / Belgium; is planning to increase capacity for hydroquinone (1,4-dihydroxybenzene) at its site in Saint-Fons / France. In addition to being used in the production of flavours, the chemical is an essential raw material for polyetheretherketone (PEEK) production. The expansion is scheduled to start by mid-2019.

Besides its site in Saint-Fons, Solvay currently has two other facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana / USA, and Zhengjiang, Jiangsu / China. The latter was also expanded in 2018. The company did not disclose its capacities to The main application of hydroquinone is antioxidants, followed by polymers production.

Solvay uses hydroquinone to produce PEEK at its two plants in Augusta, Georgia / USA and Panoli, Gujarat / India. The group's total PEEK capacity is around 2,500 t/y.
10.04.2019 [242220-0]
Published on 10.04.2019
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