Two VCM Plants for Sale Have Potential for Expanded Capacity

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The International Process Plants manufacturing facilities produce VCM using ethylene.

VCM Manufacturing Plant
“These VCM plants could be attractive opportunities in areas like Asia, to fill a new VCM supply gap caused by recent plant closings,” says Michael Joachim, IPP Director of Plants.

Two VCM manufacturing plants available from International Process Plants represent an opportunity to capitalize on future growth in global VCM demand. Both plants have significant expansion capabilities.

The first VCM plant has a nominal production capacity rated at 120,000 MTPY, but could be expanded to 160,000 MTPY, and with further improvements could reach 250,000 MTPY.

The second VCM manufacturing plant has a nominal production capacity rated at 260,000 MTPY, but could run up to 275,000 MTPY, and with improvements could reach approximately 300,000 MTPY.

Both plants were designed with an initial technology developed by SIR, similar to the Goodrich fluid bed catalyst process, using air for oxy-chlorination. Later, the plants were converted to pure oxygen oxidation.
The plants’ shutdown occurred in 2009, and the equipment is kept under N2 atmosphere.

“These VCM plants could be attractive opportunities in areas like Asia, to fill a new VCM supply gap caused by recent plant closings,” says Michael Joachim, IPP Director of Plants. He adds that ICIS data shows that VCM prices have shot up since the start of the year.

The plants both use an ethylene-based process, the most common way to produce VCM. These plants are potential opportunities for VCM producers located in regions that are rich in natural gas, petroleum, or ethylene. International Process Plants estimates that its plants can be dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in 18 to 24 months, a significant time advantage compared to building new plants.

More information about all manufacturing plants available for sale can be found at http://www.ippe.com.

About International Process Plants
International Process Plants (IPP) is a self-funded global buyer and seller of surplus manufacturing facilities, process plants, industrial real estate, and individual equipment that are no longer needed by their original owners. 80% of IPP’s purchases are from multinational companies and 20% are bought in distress situations. IPP’s business model provides the opportunity for companies to acquire such assets at competitive prices and in a fraction of the lead time of building or buying new, and serves as an outlet for companies looking to divest assets that have become surplus to their needs quickly and in a fiscally and environmentally conscious manner. IPP currently owns 17 complete plant sites including the land, buildings and equipment, 85 complete processes to be moved and operated elsewhere and a stock of 30,000 major pieces of process equipment. One of the largest companies in this business, IPP is a global company based in the US with company-owned operations in 17 countries that has been serving its 160,000 clients in the chemical, agrichemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, paper, plastic, power generation, metallurgical, fertilizer, artificial fiber, pharmaceutical and food industries for over 35 years.

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