Expansions: DuPont opens adhesives plant in China; Samsung Engineering receives FEED contract for Saudi petchem project

DuPont opens adhesives plant in China

US materials firm DuPont recently held a ceremony to officially open its new adhesives production facility in Zhangjiagang (ZJG), East China. The new facility will produce adhesives to serve customers in the transportation industry, primarily in lightweighting and fast-growing vehicle electrification applications.

The site includes a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), designed to optimise the manufacturing process and connect all aspects of the manufacturing workflow. MES will help make the production process visible, trackable, and more reliable.

"We are thrilled to open this new manufacturing site with its state-of-the-art equipment, innovative products and outstanding colleagues," said Tina Wu, global vice president, DuPont Adhesives & Fluids, Tedlar and Multibase. "The new ZJG facility will further advance our position as a leading provider of auto electrification solutions and enhance our offerings to customers in China and the Asian market."

Located at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park in the ZJG Free Trade Zone, the facility will manufacture products including:

  • Betaforce TC thermal conductive adhesives and Betatech thermal interface materials that help support battery thermal management during hybrid/electric vehicle charging and operation.

  • Betaforce multi-material bonding adhesives for battery sealing and assembly.

  • Betamate broad bake and structural adhesives for vehicle body structure and battery bonding to support crash durability and lighter weight vehicle structures.

In other news, engineering firm Samsung Engineering has announced that it has been appointed the contractor for the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) contract of a PDH, PP, UTOS plant from Alujain National Industrial Co.(LNIC) in Saudi Arabia. The contract amount is US$20 million and the FEED work is expected to be carried out in Samsung Engineering’s offices in Seoul, Korea until May 2024.

Samsung Engineering receives FEED contract for Saudi petchem project

This project will take place at the Yanbu Industrial Complex in Medina Province, western Saudi Arabia. This project is to carry out basic design for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes/year, a polypropylene (PP) plant with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year, and Utilities & Offsite (UTOS) required for the plant.

Samsung Engineering said the key to winning this work was its extensive experience in the PDH, PP field and its competitiveness in the FEED engineering technology market. Alujain has expressed its confidence in Samsung Engineering by awarding FEED after previously awarding Samsung Engineering with the Pre-FEED contract.

The regional experience in Saudi Arabia is also one part where Samsung Engineering is confident that it will lead to the success of this project. Samsung Engineering says it has executed 32 projects in Saudi Arabia, five of those were PDH, PP projects. In addition, it expects that it will be able to actively utilise the existing infrastructure and know-how in the region having successfully completed the Luberef lube base oil plant in Yanbu, where this project will be executed.


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