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Shin-Etsu to Build Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Plant at Plaquemine

7:26 AM MDT | May 11, 2012 | —Robert Westervelt

Shin-Etsu will invest $120 million to build a hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) plant at its Plaquemine, LA site. The plant is expected to produce 9,000 tons/year of HEC. Shin-Etsu has existing HEC production in Wiesbaden, Germany of 16,000 tons/year. Shin-Etsu owns 7,000 acres near Plaquemine and currently produces chlor-alkali and vinyls at the site. The company expects to begin construction by the end of this year, pending permitting and regulatory approvals. The plant would start operations in early 2014. HEC is used mainly for water-soluble coatings for paints...

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