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Cathay Plans to Expand Production Capacity for its LCDA and DN-5 Polyamide Business

Published on 2015-12-16. Author : SpecialChem

Fig. 1: Cathay Plans to Expand Production Capacity
for its LCDA and DN-5 Polyamide Business

SHANGHAI -- Cathay Industrial Biotech, one of the leading privately-held industrial biotechnology companies focused on producing specialty bio-based chemicals, announced a new round of financing which will be used for additional production capacity at their existing Jinxiang facility and to build a new production site. This represents a significant expansion in their production capacity for their long chain dibasic acids (LCDA), 1,5-pentanediamine (DN-5) and downstream polyamide business. Funding for this expansion will be provided by a $135M investment from Shanxi Lu'an Mining (Group) Co. Ltd. and will commercialize recent Cathay-developed technology breakthroughs in both raw materials and production technology which significantly improve production efficiency and environmental impact. The LCDA expansion will be completed by 2Q 2016, and will be sufficient to meet the current global demand. Expansion of DN-5 and DN-5-based polyamides capacity will come on-line in late 2016.

"We are very excited to continue our growth in LCDA by multi-sourcing of raw materials from oil, plant materials and coal. In addition, we will be the first to have large-scale production capacity for DN-5 as well as launch a full line of bio-based DN-5 polyamides. The collaboration with Lu'An as well as recent Cathay's development breakthroughs, will have a very significant impact to the production efficiency of all our bio-based polyamide monomers. We expect these developments will have very positive impact to this growing market," commented Dr. Xiucai Liu, CEO of Cathay Industrial Biotech.

"We are excited to participate with Cathay in the venture. Not only will Lu'An contribute capital into this project but also follow-up investments for its infrastructure, raw materials and down-stream products. We expect significant synergies when combined with Cathay's new technologies," added Jinping Li, Chairman of Lu'An Group.

Cathay began production of C11 through C18 LCDA in 2003 and renewable dodecanedioic acid in 2008. Cathay has grown to be one of the global leaders for LCDA within ten years.

Cathay's DN-5 product is yet another innovative product from its first-of-its-kind large-scale commercialization of biomanufacturing in the world. DN-5 is a novel renewable diamine which can be largely used in polyamide and diisocyanate coatings markets.

Cathay will also produce renewable polyamides using DN-5, their LCDA and other monomers for the engineering polymers and textile segments under the trademarks Terryl™ and Ecopent™.

When describing Cathay's vision to commercialize bio-based polyamides, Dr. Xiucai Liu, CEO of Cathay announced, "This is only another step for Cathay and its associated partners to commercialize downstream products from DN-5 based-biopolyamides. We expect to invest around RMB 20 billion over the next few years to realize this goal."

About Cathay Industrial Biotech

Founded in 1997, Cathay is one of the leading industrial biotechnology companies whose focus is exclusively on developing and commercializing economically viable industrial biotechnology solutions for the production of specialty chemicals, previously obtainable only by chemical routes. The results are cost-competitive specialty chemicals, many of which are renewable and have a significantly lower environmental production footprint. In addition, industrial biotechnology can economically produce a variety of chemicals that were unobtainable by traditional production chemistries.

Cathay has developed and commercialized bio-production technology for long chain diacids, bio-butanol and now 1,5-pentanediamine (DN-5). Cathay has the distinction of being one of the first industrial biotechnology company to gain a majority share of a global market from the chemically produced incumbents.

About Shanxi Lu'an Mining (Group)

Lu'an Group is a mining, chemical and energy multi-industry enterprise. With total assets of RMB 108.1 billion yuan and over 45,000 staff, it is among China’s Top 100 Enterprises and Fortune Global 500 in 2015.

Source: Cathay Industrial Biotech

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