Evonik expands capacities for petrochemical

Evonik says that it has increased production capacity for isobutene derivatives by 50% at its facility in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The facility produces petrochemical specialties tertiary butanol (TBA), di-isobutene (DiB) and 3,5,5-trimethylhexanal (TMH). Tertiary Butanol is used to produce organic peroxides for the plastics industry and solvents and tablet coatings for the pharmaceutical industry, while di-isobutene in an intermediate used to produce UV stabilizers, high performance lubricants and special polymer resins. 3,5,5-trimethylhexanal is an aldehyde with high isomeric purity used to produce lubricants (especially cooling lubricants) and lubricant additives.

According to the company, the expansion has also increased the purity of its 3,5,5-trimethylhexanal from around 88 to around 95%.

“We are currently also working on optimally serving highly specialized customer industries with smaller requirements, such as those in the field of flavors and fragrances,” said Dr Hinnerk Gordon Becker, manager at Evonik Performance Intermediates.