Global Amines Commissions Indonesia Plant

15.09.2022 - Singapore’s Global Amines – a joint venture between compatriot company Wilmar and Switzerland’s Clariant – has successfully started up a new fatty amines plant in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The plant will supply customers both in southeast Asia and worldwide, supporting the company’s existing facilities in China, Europe and the Americas. The company did not divulge the plant’s annual capacity.

“Supplying our customers with competitive and high-quality fatty amines globally is our essential purpose, particularly with demand growing across markets. Construction and commissioning under the pandemic restrictions was extremely challenging, but we are now very happy to have our new facility on stream to complete our truly global network for fatty amines production,” said group general manager Ernesto Horikoshi. “The substantial new capacity and extended footprint enable us to provide our customers with the stability of reliable and competitive supply for their ever-increasing needs.”

The company added that the plant’s location in the world’s largest integrated oleochemical site enables easy access to key feedstocks, particularly sustainable palm and derivatives certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Fatty amines are used to produce key ingredients in personal care and home care products, such as mild surfactants and co-surfactants for shampoo and dishwashing liquids, and also as raw materials for diverse industrial applications.

Global Amines announced on Aug. 31 that it has agreed to buy Clariant’s quats and esterquats business. The acquisition is expected to close during the first half of next year.

Author: Elaine Burridge, Freelance Journalist