Arkema to begin production of polyamide 11 plant in Singapore by 2022
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Arkema to begin production of polyamide 11 plant in Singapore by 2022

This plant, for which production will be 100%-derived from renewable castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity

  • By ICN Group | April 23, 2021

Arkema confirms it is on track to begin production of Amino 11 and its flagship Rilsan polyamide 11 high performance polymer at the new plant on Jurong Island, Singapore in the first half of next year. 

This plant, for which production will be 100%-derived from renewable castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity. When complete, this will represent the biggest integrated bio-factory in the world dedicated to high performance polymers. It represents a 50% increase in global polyamide 11 capacity for Arkema.

The total investment in the region, which also includes downstream polymer capacities in China, is approximately €450 million. To finance this new plant in Singapore, Arkema successfully placed its first ever green bond in October 2020, for a total amount of €300 million.

After overcoming the difficulties linked to the COVID-19, this project is fully on track and the Group confirms its ambition to start up production in the first half of 2022.

Rilsan polyamide 11 is recognized worldwide for its superior properties and performance in very demanding applications, significantly contributing to the development of sustainable solutions in fast-growing sectors, such as new energy vehicles, 3D printing, as well as consumer goods, electronics, sports and lifestyle markets.

"After facing early challenges due to the global pandemic, we are operating at full strength and are now entering the peak construction phase with an estimated 2,000 workers on site during the summer months. The enthusiasm of our team in Singapore is stronger than ever, supported by the vigorous demand from our customers for sustainable and cutting edge solutions,” said Erwoan Pezron, Senior Vice President, High Performance Polymers, Arkema.

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