By JACOB GRONHOLT-PEDERSEN
Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday it will increase capacity at
its Singapore petrochemical plant to meet demand
for specialized materials used in the automotive and furniture
The upgrade will increase the plant's capacity to produce
polyols -- industrial chemicals used to make high-quality foams
-- by more than 100,000 metric tpy to 360,000 tpy, Shell said
in an emailed statement.
It didn't provide any financial details but said it expects
to complete the upgrade in 2014.
"The Asia Pacific market for polyols has grown rapidly over
the years and we see increasing demand for higher-comfort
products," said Shell Chemicals executive vice president Graham
"The additional volume and grades from this Singapore
investment will enable us to meet customer demand growth from
key markets in Asia, particularly China," he added.
Late last year, Shell said it would upgrade capacity at the
unit of its Singapore plant that produces olefins and aromatics
-- chemicals used to make plastic, paint and other
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