In response to growing demands for 1-octene, Sasol are going to build a multi million US dollar plant on Secunda, South Africa.
The new plant will have a capacity of 48,000 tonnes per year, and will be the second such plant. It will boost overall production to 96,000 tonnes per year. The new plant is expected to be online by the end of 2004, with first deliveries expected in January 2005.
1-octene is used as an additive to many polymeric formulations. It enhances properties such as elasticity, flexibility, impact resistance and strength.
It is also often used in conjunction with hexene and pentene to improve strength, thinness, elasticity and puncture resistance in products such as durable plastics, wire coatings, automotive interiors, garbage bags and a host of other plastic consumer items.
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