SK geo centric to build EAA factory with Zhejiang Satellite in China for $222 mn
SK geo centric announced on Tuesday that it signed an agreement to form a joint venture with Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical, also known as Satellite Chemical, to build an EAA production plant on a 66,000-square meter land within a petrochemical complex in Lianyungang, China at a cost of about 290 billion won ($222 million). The South Korean company will hold 60 percent of the JV, and the Chinese partner the rest of the stake.
They aim to complete the construction of the plant with an initial annual EAA production capacity of 40,000 tons in the first half of 2025. SK geo centric will produce EAA at the plant with raw materials supplied by Zhejiang Satellite, using its proprietary manufacturing technology.
EAA is a copolymer resin boasting of excellent adhesion between various substrates such as metal and plastic, paper and plastic, and it is widely used as a packaging material and for metal coating.
Many industries are employing EAA in sterilization pouches, vacuum packaging for meat, golf balls, and toughened glass due to its high durability, transparency, and adhesion. EAA is also used in EV battery electrodes to enhance stability. It is an eco-friendly material that can decrease plastic usage and increase recycling rates.
There are only three to four global chemical companies including SK geo centric that produce EAA and they account for more than 80 percent of global EAA supply.
SK geo centric advanced into the EAA market after it acquired U.S. company Dow Chemical’s EAA business in 2017. It currently has production bases in Texas and in Tarragona, Spain. Its Spanish plant has succeeded in developing its own “ionomer,” which adds metal ions such as sodium to EAA.
The EAA JV in China will serve as SK geo centric’s gateway to the greater Asian market.
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