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Evonik hikes butene-1 capacity at Marl, Germany

8:17 AM MDT | October 1, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

Evonik says it plans to increase production capacity for butene-1 at its Marl, Germany, site by 75,000 m.t./year by 2015. The increase will give the company a combined butene-1 capacity of 310,000 m.t./year, making Evonik the world's leading producer of butene-1, the company says. Basic engineering is nearing completion, but the project still needs approvals from relevant committees.   Global demand for butene-1, used as a comonomer in polyethylene (PE) production, is increasing at about 5%/year, and the planned expansion will support this growth, says...

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