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Evonik expands capacity for specialty alcohol ITDA

Evonik expands capacity for specialty alcohol ITDA
Hinnerk G. Becker, Market Segment Manager for Specialties at Evonik Performance Intermediates and Tonia Weber, Plant Manager Oxo. Photo courtesy of Evonik Performance Materials.

Evonik has expanded its production capacity for high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol (ITDA) at the Marl Chemical Park in Germany. This will enable the Germany specialty chemicals group to continue to build on its position as one of the world’s most important manufacturers of this product and to grow with its customers. Due to the outstanding technical properties and high effectiveness of ITDA, global demand has been growing for years.

The high-purity C13 alcohol is an important intermediate product in the production of surface-active substances or surfactants. They are used, for example, in high-quality industrial applications such as cleaning and lubricants. Another application of ITDA is in the form of special esters, found in high-quality paints and lacquer resins.

“ITDA is a real petrochemical specialty. With this quality, which contains almost 100% C13 alcohols, we offer our customers a particularly high-quality product,” says Hinnerk G. Becker, market segment manager, Specialties, at Evonik Performance Intermediates. “In line with our motto ‘Chemistry4People®’, we offer ITDA, as with all petrochemical specialties, a reliable partnership of equals for both existing and new customers, enhanced by modern digital business and cooperation opportunities.”.

Becker says the optimization of the production from the raw material side to the customer’s value chain is also the basis for this expansion. “As a result, Evonik is now in a better position to meet the increased demand for this specific product and to support its customers’ growth strategies – not just selectively, but consistently and reliably.”