Evonik Industries has awarded WorleyParsons a contract for the detail engineering, procurement support and construction management on the building of world scale plants for the production of isophorone and isophorone diamine. The plants will be located in Shanghai, China, with a total capacity of 50 kt./a. Start of the production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
Evonik currently produces isophorone chemicals in Herne and Marl (Germany), in Mobile, Alabama (USA) as well as Antwerp (Belgium).
Isophorone and isophorone diamine are important components in the production of industrial flooring as well as paints and coatings, for example. They are also used in the high-growth area of high-performance composite materials and in chemical synthesis. Evonik distributes these products worldwide under the trademarks of Vestsol and Vestamin.