Solvay opens second plant for bio-based solvent in Brazil

Article by Amanda Jasi

SOLVAY has started up its second dedicated plant for manufacture of sustainable bio-based solvents in Brazil, boosting capacity from 6,000 t/y to 20,000 t/y.

Launched in 2009, Solvay’s Augeo line of solvents is developed from glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production in Brazil. The solvent is widely used in the agribusiness and oil and gas segments. It is also used in fragrances, personal care, household and institutional cleaning items, and paints and varnishes. The product was developed as part of Solvay’s objective to generate 15% of its revenue from either bio-based or recycled based materials by 2030.

The new facility was installed in the company’s industrial complex in Paulinia, São Paulo – the same site as the first plant. On 15 October, Solvay announced that the plant had opened and is operating at full capacity. The US is the primary market for product manufactured in Paulinia, accounting for more than 30% of exports, followed by Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Article by Amanda Jasi

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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