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CABB starts production of MCA in China

This April, fine chemicals specialist CABB Group is beginning series production of monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in China, the world’s largest market for this substance. The plant, an investment of €15 million carried out in a joint venture with Chinese company Jining Gold Power, is likely the country’s most modern MCA plant and utilizes the latest German hydrogenation technology.

It will produce around 25,000 metric tons of MCA a year, initially as flakes only, and later on in liquid state as well. The plant’s central location in Jining, Shandong province, is ideal for supplying local customers as well as multinationals in the greater Beijing and Shanghai regions.

“China is responsible for half of global MCA demand, and this demand is growing at an above-average rate. Now, we’re serving this market with local production that sets benchmarks in quality, safety and sustainability”, explains Dr. Uwe Brunk, General Manager of the Acetyls Business Unit at CABB. Peter Vanacker, CABB Group’s CEO, adds: “This investment is a central component in our company’s global growth strategy.”

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