Shell to raise polyol capacity at Singapore complex


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 industries.

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 van't Hoff.

"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 products.

Dow Jones Newswires

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