BP launches vinyl acetate monomer manufacturing process

BP Chemicals Ltd. has unveiled a new process for manufacturing vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), an intermediate petrochemical used to make emulsions and packaging films. BP claims the new process to be one of the most significant developments in the field in more than 30 years. The new process will see first application in a $100 million VAM plant it is building at Hull, England, with capacity of 250,000 metric tons/year and start-up slated for yearend 2000 (see related story, this page).

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