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October 15, 2004 Rhodia                シリコン vs シラン vs シリコーン

Rhodia signs letter of intent with China National Blue Star Corporation for a strategic alliance in Silicone Activities    その後

Rhodia's CEO, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu and President Ren Jian Xin of China National Blue Star Corporation have signed today in Beijing a letter of intent to form a strategic alliance for their respective Silicone activities.

Following the completion of a feasibility study, the partners intend to launch, by early 2005,
the construction of a 200 KT Methylchlorosilane facility in the municipality of Tianjin, with a start up capacity in the first quarter of 2007 of 100 KT.

This alliance is a key opportunity for the two companies to enhance their competitiveness and become a major player in the fast growing Asia-Pacific silicone market. Both companies
intend to accelerate their respective downstream investments to take full advantage of the strong upstream integration.

China National Bluestar (Group) Corporation
Blue star owns the largest silicone facilities and has more than 20 years history of silicone production and has its own technologies and now is dedicated to fast developing silicone business so as to be a world player.

2004年10月19日 Chemnet Tokyo










2005/5/11 Asia Chemical Weekly

Blue Star and Rhodia sign MOU for silicone alliance

China National Bluestar Corporation (Bluestar, part of the China Chemical Group) and Rhodia have made a significant progress for their plans to form a strategic silicone alliance. Following on their
letter of intent signed in October 15, 2004, these two companies signed a MOU to build a methylchlorosilane production unit in Tianjin, China, based on Rhodias technology.

The proposed unit will have capacity of 200,000 tonne/year in initial, and it is planned to start up in the fourth quarter of 2007. Also, Bluestar and Rhodia plan to create a jv to sell manufactured products in the fast growing Asia-Pacific market, versus to their competitors such as Dow corning, GE-Toshiba, Shin-Etsu, Wacker etc.

At the same time, the two companies are studying the feasibility to form a global strategic alliance combining their upstream and downstream silicone activities by mid 2006.

Besides the proposed Tianjing Project, Bluestar is bluiding a new silicone monomer project with the capacity of 100 000 tonne/year in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, and this project is expected completed in Mar 2006. That would make Bluestar
s silicone capacity in Nanchang reach 200 000 tonne/year in next year.


The Tianjin project has got approval from government and waiting for construction;
while the investors (BlueStar, Xingxin Materials, and Rhodia)
 have set up a 35:40:25 jv.
Xingxin Materials is also a
 subsidiary of ChemChina、=BlueStar Chemical New Materials Co., Ltd.

October 25, 2006 Rhodia

Rhodia signs agreement for the sale of its silicones business to China National Bluestar Corporation

Rhodia today announces the signature of an agreement for the sale of its Silicones business to China National BlueStar Corporation.

s Silicones business generated sales of Euro 417 million in 2005 and has a total of 1,200 employees. It is mainly situated in Europe, with major production sites at Saint-Fons and Roussillon, in France.

This transaction is based on an enterprise value of Euro 400 million representing a multiple of slightly more than 7 times 2005 recurring EBITDA. The closing is expected in the next few months.

This divestment is in line with
Rhodias strategy to focus on businesses with global leadership positions and will contribute further to the Groups debt reduction.

October 26, 2006

The agreement for the sale of Rhodia's Silicones business to China National BlueStar Corporation was formally confirmed at a signing ceremony today in Beijing.

At the signing ceremony, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu said that Rhodia was one of the first Western groups to invest in China where it has now been present for more than 25 years. With sales generated in China approaching Euro500 million the Group employs more than 3,000 people and operates 17 production plants.

"This region is key for the development of the Group and we are actively investing in production facilities and Research & Development, as well as growing our commercial presence to benefit from the high growth rates that this region offers. The transaction with BlueStar serves to reinforce our ties with China and will enhance our ability to identify further development opportunites for Rhodia", comments Jean-Pierre Clamadieu.

* Over the past few years, ChemChina is very aggressive in merger and purchasing other overseas chemical companies. Earlier, the company has acquired Adisseo - a France based nutritional additives producer, and Qenos - an Australia based plastics producer.

2007/2/1 Rhodia

Rhodia completes sale of its Silicones business to China National BlueStar Corporation

Rhodia today announced the finalization of t
he sale of its Silicones business to China National BlueStar Corporation.

This business generated sales of Euro 417 million in 2005 and has a total of 1,200 employees. It is mainly situated in Europe , with major production sites at Saint-Fons and Roussillon , in France .

In addition, the Group sold
Rhodia OrganicsSulfuricProducts activity to Adisseo, subsidiary of China National BlueStar Corporation. This business generated sales of Euro47 million in 2005 and has a total of 67 employees. It is based at Les Roches de Condrieu, in France .

Rhodia Silicones

With annual sales of 390 million euros in 2004, Rhodia Silicones is one of the leading integrated silicone producers worldwide. Headquartered in Lyon, France, it employs more than 1,300 employees worldwide.

Thanks to our expertise over a broad range of silicone technologies, Rhodia Silicones develops solutions that provide properties such as protection, insulation, release, foam control, lubrication, softening, bonding or reproduction for applications in nearly any industry.

Rhodia Silicones production sites and applications laboratories are conveniently located near major industrial markets in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. This brings our global expertise to our customers doors and is the guarantee of greater reactivity, flexibility and safety in the supply of our products. Our own sales offices are complemented by the Rhodia sales and marketing network which is present in over 140 countries around the globe.

Rhodia Silicones in Asia-Pacific

Rhodia Silicones Shanghai Co Ltd
Manufacturing, R&D and technical support
  Shanghai plant produces silicone rubber, sealant, emulsion and so on

Rhodia Quality Sealants Co.Ltd  Yongxiu County, Jiangxi Province 江西省
Manufacturing, local sales and technical support

Rhodia Silicones Malaysia Sdn Bhd  Port Klang  Selangor 
Manufacturing, local sales and technical support

Rhodia Silicones Australia
Manufacturing, local sales and technical support


April 27, 2007 Rhodia

Rhodia To Build An Upstream Silica Facility In China
  Joint Venture With Chinese Partners Created

Rhodia announces the signature of a joint venture agreement with Qingdao Haiwan Group ( http://www.cecdb.com.cn/cecdb/data/N33819_1.html) and Qingdao Dongyue Sodium Silicate Company ( http://www.qssf.com/cpjs.htm ) to build a sodium silicate plant at Qingdao, China. The facility with a capacity of 220,000 tonnes is scheduled to come on-stream in the first quarter of 2008.

Sodium silicate is a key intermediate for precipitated silica manufacturing. The new facility will supply Rhodia's Asian silica manufacturing plants in Qingdao, China and Incheon, South Korea, specialized in high performance silica.


November 16, 2007  Rhodia

Rhodia to construct new high performance silica plant in China

Rhodia today announced its intention to construct a new plant for the production of high performance silica in China.

The new facility will be located in the city of Qingdao where Rhodia already operates a silica plant. This world scale plant will focus on producing high performance silica notably used in low rolling resistance tires. These generate more than 5% fuel savings thus reducing emissions of CO2 from vehicles.  

Using a modular design to build the plant will enable it to be easily expanded to support this rapidly growing market.  A number of Rhodias existing major customers are supporting the project.  Rhodia already operates seven precipitated silica plants around the world in France, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, Korea, China and the USA.

2007/8/3 Rhodia

Rhodia Polyamide South Korea Polymerization Unit Construction on Schedule

Rhodia announced today that the construction of its new 48kt Polyamide 6.6 salt and polymerization plant in Onsan, South Korea is on schedule and that plant start-up is set for early December 2007.

Rhodia invested almost 40 million euro in the design and construction of the companys first polymerization unit in Asia.

Rhodia has already two engineering plastics compounding facilities in China and South Korea and recently opened a new technical application development centre in Shanghai.

March 19, 2008 Rhodia

Rhodia and Lyondell enter into exclusive negotiations with Perstorp for the sale of their isocyanates business

Rhodia and Lyondell Chime TDI SCA today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations for the sale of their Isocyanates businesses to the Perstorp Group.
This divestment project includes
Rhodia's aliphatic (脂肪族) Isocyanates activity (HDI, IPDI and derivatives) producing a range of intermediates for industrial paints and coatings; and Lyondell's aromatic isocyanates business (TDI) with the production of intermediates for polyurethane foams, operated under contract by Rhodia (in Pont-de-Claix) . * IPDIIsoPhorone Di Isocyanate

European Aliphatic Isocyanates Producers Association ALIPA was created by the major European producers of aliphatic isocyanates and polyisocyanates
  BASFBayer MaterialScienceEvonik DegussaRhodia Organics

Perstorp Group is a front-ranking player in the specialty chemicals industry. The Group is present, in particular, in the markets for Paints & Coatings, Plastics, Agro-food and Lubricants. Perstorp has approximately 2,000 employees on a dozen production sites in Europe, Asia, North and South America and runs 3 Research & Development centers in Sweden, Finland and India. The Group generated net sales of Euro 928m in 2007.

Perstorp Group
  Waterborne Coatings
  Radiation Curing
  Intumescent Coatings
  Polyurethanespolyol chemistry
  Food & Feed  
Acid based silage additives
    Propionates, derived from organic acids, are used as feed preservatives
  Formaldehyde Technology

2001/11/1 Lyondell Chemical 

Lyondell Chemical Co., Houston, announced a restructuring of its toluene diisocyanate (TDI) business and the planned shutdown of its U.S. aliphatic diisocyanate (ADI) manufacturing units as the company moves toward an exit from the ADI business next year.
The company said it currently is the world's third-largest TDI supplier, with annual capacity of 564 million pounds. Lyondell is in the process of implementing proprietary technology for TDI
in Pont de Claix, France, at a facility operated by Rhodia under a manufacturing agreement with Lyondell. When completed, the Pont de Claix facility will be the largest TDI production unit in Europe, Lyondell said.
The company said it expects to eventually replicate the technology at its
Lake Charles, LA, production units, a move that would expand TDI capacity at the site to 480 million pounds annually.

2005/10/19 Lyondell

Lyondell Chemical Company announced today that it will permanently cease toluene diisocyanate (TDI) production at its Lake Charles, La., plant. On September 20, 2005, Lyondell announced an indefinite suspension of production at the 300 million pound per year TDI facility while the company evaluated the long-term prospects for the plant.

Lyondell acquired the TDI plant as part of its 1998 acquisition of ARCO Chemical Company. ARCO Chemical had purchased the plant from Olin Corporation in December 1996.

今回の Pont-de-Claix 工場売却で、同社のイソシアネート事業はなくなる。


October 8, 2008 Rhodia

Rhodia announces a plan to improve the competitiveness of its polyamide businesses in Europe

Rhodia has today presented a plan to improve the competitiveness of its Polyamide businesses in Europe to its European Works Council. The aim of the plan is to help these businesses adapt to changes in the polyamide market, which is expanding rapidly in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia but is experiencing slower growth in Western Europe.

The plan presented to the European Works Council proposes to address this challenge by optimizing Rhodia Polyamide's production and research and development resources in Europe. It will involve:

- The closure, by mid-2009, of Rhodia Polyamide's Ceriano facility in Italy, which could affect 212 people.
- Increasing production capacity at the Lyon Belle-Etoile facility in France and the Gorzow facility in Poland.
- Transferring all Rhodia Polyamide's European Research, Development and Applications teams to a single site in Lyon, to enhance their efficiency.


Rhodia to acquire Feixiang Chemicals (ZJG), China's leading producer of amines and surfactants


This acquisition is a key step in the implementation of Rhodias profitable growth strategy. Through the integration of Feixiang Chemicals, Rhodia significantly strengthens its leadership positions in the surfactant business, while enhancing its footprint in the worlds fastest growing region, commented Rhodia Chairman & CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. We aim to double the size of the acquired business within the next five years. Following the completion of this acquisition, Rhodia will generate around one third of its net sales in Asia.”  

This acquisition represents a unique opportunity for Rhodia to integrate specialty amine technologies into Novecares business portfolio. The combination of Rhodias formulation expertise and end-market applications with Feixiang Chemicals (Zhangjiagang) specialty amines capabilities will reinforce Rhodias leadership position in specialty surfactants for the home and personal care, agrochemicals, oilfield and industrial markets.

Headquartered in Zhangjiagang near Shanghai, Feixiang Chemicals employs about 650 people. The company has demonstrated its ability to drive significant top line growth (average of 20% per year) while enhancing its profitability over the past five years. Rhodia expects to further improve this performance thanks to significant revenue synergies.

The acquisition price is based on an enterprise value of US$489 million for 100% of the company, representing an estimated 2010 EBITDA multiple of around 9x. The current majority owner will retain 12.5% of the capital over the next two years. This transaction is expected to be accretive from year one.

The completion of the transaction is subject to various customary closing conditions, including approval of the Chinese authorities. It is expected to be finalized in the second half 2010.

Feixiang Chemicals (Zhangjiagang) Co. Ltd. is one of the leading companies in the Asia-Pacific area, producing, developing and selling the full range of fatty amines and specialty amines. The company is located in Zhangjiagang city, Jiangsu province, China, which is about 110 km from Shanghai.

Rhodia Novecare, with net sales of ?827 million in 2009, is one of the six Groups Enterprises and provides high-performance products and solutions to a wide range of industries including cosmetics, detergents, agrochemicals and oil, as well as coating and industrial applications. Thanks to a worldwide industrial footprint and global R&D and tech-support network, Rhodia Novecare holds leading positions in the surfactants, phosphorus derivatives, natural polymers, synthetic polymers and monomers technologies, and eco-friendly oxygenated solvents markets. Rhodia Novecare has developed particular expertise to answer and anticipate customer needs in protection, surface modification, rheology, active delivery, improvement of formulations and processes and sustainability.

Rhodia is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development.  As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customersperformance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate.  Structured around six Enterprises, Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets.  The Group employs around 13,600 people worldwide and generated sales of ?4.03 billion in 2009.  Rhodia is listed on Euronext Paris.


2010/10/2 上海発 



ローディアの100%子会社ローディア精細化工添加剤(青島):Rhodia Fine Chemical Additives ( Qingdao ) が運営する。投資額は69百万ドル、高分散性のシリカを生産するもので、能力は年産72千トン。MichelinGoodyearなどの顧客に省エネタイヤ用に販売する。

ローディアの高分散性シリカ Zeosil®は、世界の主なタイヤメーカーの認証を受けており、トレッドの転がり抵抗を減らし、軽乗用車で燃料消費量を5〜7%節約できる。


ローディアは青島にほかに100%子会社のRhodia Silica Qingdaoを持つ。同社のシリカの能力は年産300千トン。

また、Qingdao Dongyue(東岳Rhodia Chemicalsでは、ケイ酸ナトリウム(sodium silica )を製造する。
30%、青島海湾集団:Qingdao Haiwanが40%、東岳Sodium Silicate30%出資するJVで、第一期として能力110千トンの工場を2008年7月に完成した。第二期として同じく110千トンを建設する計画を持っている。


ローヌプーラン時代に中国に初めて進出、現在は上海に本拠を置き、持株会社と100%子会社 9社、JV 6社、商社 1社の合計17社を有している。江蘇省、浙江省、山東省、北京市、内蒙古自治区で、機能材料(ポリアミド)、機能化学品(シリカ、界面活性剤)、サービス(エネルギーサービス)の事業を行っている。

December 20th, 2010

Rhodia to accelerate its growth in India with the acquisition of PI Industriesengineering plastics business

Rhodia announces the signing of a binding agreement to
acquire PI Polymer, the engineering plastics business of the Indian company PI Industries Ltd. This transaction supports the Groups ambition to increase its market share in the Indian polyamide compound market to more than 15% by 2015.

PI Polymer offers Engineering Compounds of a large number of polymers, i.e. PC, mPPE, PBT, NYLON, PP, ABS, SAN and Elastometric Products like TPU, TPO & TPVs.
Offers a large range of Customized Grades, like Unfilled, Glass Fiber & Bead Reinforced, Mineral Filled (Talc, Calcite, and Mica & Wollastonite) with Flame Retardant Additives and Special Grades like High Heat Resistance & Impact Modified Grades.
Expertise in Product Development for Automobile, Electrical & Electronics, Appliances, White Goods and other Industries.

This acquisition will reinforce the already strong positions we have in fast-growing economies. We have identified strong synergies with our engineering plastics business in terms of product range and customer portfolio that will dramatically accelerate our growth in India, commented Francois Hincker, President of Rhodia Engineering Plastics.

He added:
Rhodia and PI Industries share a common vision and values with regard to responsible chemistry and we are fully committed to provide the highest level of customer service, product quality and social responsibility. Combining these core values with PI Polymers expertise and Rhodias global footprint, we plan to rapidly expand this activity, with a capacity increase scheduled shortly.

PI Polymer forecasts about $13 million sales revenue for its fiscal year 2010/11. The acquisition price represents an estimated 2010/11 EBITDA multiple of around 7x. The transaction includes all the assets used and held by PI Polymer, primarily one industrial facility that employs more than 80 people, R&D capabilities, customer base and logistics network in India. Subject to various customary closing conditions, the completion of the transaction is expected to be finalized by the end of March 2011.

This acquisition will strengthen the Group
s presence in India, where Technyl(R) engineering plastics are already imported. Rhodia has operated in the country since 2001 through its surfactants business, serving the home & personal care and coatings markets.

PI Industries Limited (
PIIL) founded in1947 in Udaipur, Rajasthan, is listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. PIIL operates under the following three business units, Agri Input (manufacturing and distribution of Agro Chemicals-Pesticides, Insecticides and Herbicides); Custom Synthesis (Custom Synthesis in the areas of Fine Chemicals, Agro Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Intermediates); and PI Polymer (Engineering plastics compounding for the end use in Automotive, Electricals and Home Appliances).

Rhodia Engineering Plastics is a global specialist in performance solutions based on polyamide 6 and 6.6 for injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. Under the flagship brand Technyl, Rhodia
s Engineering Plastics activity serves various markets as automotive and transportation, electrical and electronics, construction and industrial equipment, consumer goods.

Rhodia is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its customers
performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its ability to innovate. Rhodia is the partner of major players in the automotive, electronics, flavors and fragrances, health, personal and home care markets, consumer goods and industrial markets. The Group employs around 13,600 people worldwide and generated sales of ?4.03 billion in 2009. Rhodia is listed on Euronext Paris.


Performance Materials Polyamide
Acetowcellulose acetate fiber
Functional Chemicals Novecaresurfactants, phosphorus derivatives, natural polymers and specialty polymersand monomers
Silcea:“Electronics & Catalysis(rare earths), Silica Systems(highperformance silicas) and Silicones”(売却)
Organics and Services   Eco Servicessulfuric acid
Organicsdiphenols and derivativesisocyanatesfluorinated compounds and derivatives
Energy Servicesreduction of greenhouse gases


イソシアネートについては脂肪族イソシアネート(Aliphatic Isocyanates)のみで、欧州第二のメーカーであったが、Perstorp Groupへの売却で同事業から撤退した。

November 11, 2011 RubberWorld

Rhodia expands Chicago site   

Rhodia inaugurated its expansion of highly dispersible silica production at its Chicago Heights, IL, site. The expansion of 16,000 tons increases Rhodia’s North American capacity by 33 percent. “We are also in the construction phase of a similar expansion at Collonges au Mont d’Or, France, that will be completed in 2012. One year after commissioning our new plant in Qingdao, China, this additional increase in production capacity confirms our continued commitment to leadership in highly dispersible silica,” commented Tom Benner, president of Silica. “Combined,” he explained, “these three latest investments increase our global capacity of highly dispersible silica over 40 percent, ensuring that we are prepared now to meet long-term growth expectations associated with demand for fuel-saving tires.”