SE Asia's biggest bicarb soda plant planned for Thailand

Wednesday, 02 October, 2013

Solvay has announced plans for South-East Asia’s largest sodium bicarbonate plant. The plant, to be built in Thailand, will have a total capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year and aims to meet the growing demand for the product from the region’s healthcare and food markets.

The company will invest €20 million in the plant, which is slated to open in early 2015. Producing Solvay’s BICAR product range, the plant will be located on Solvay’s existing site in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Thailand’s Rayong province.

The plant will use Solvay’s new-generation BICAR production technology, which the company says minimises waste generation, optimises energy recovery and maximises yield.

“This project is the latest illustration of Solvay’s sustainable growth strategy in Asia and reinforces our global leadership in sodium bicarbonate and soda ash,” said Pascal Juéry, president of Solvay Essential Chemicals.

“The new plant will provide a fast, secure and reliable supply of our BICAR products to the healthcare and food industries within the region.”

In addition to its expansion in Asia, Solvay has also made recent investments in Dombasle in France and Torrelavega in Spain. Both factories received GMP Pharma and CEP certifications according to recent changes in European Pharmaceutical legislation.

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