Solvay opens the largest soda factory in South-East Asia


Solvay is opening South-East Asia's largest factory for sodium bicarbonate (also known as soda) in Thailand. Soda can be incorporated into food, health and other consumer products, for which demand is growing in the Asian market according to Solvay.

The factory, with its production capacity of 100,000 tonnes per year, is based on Solvay's existing site in the industrial zone of Map Ta Phut (province of Rayon) and benefits from quite a number of synergies in the areas of infrastructure, utilities and supply. Solvay has invested 20 million euros in this factory, which will utilise Solvay’s newest BICAR® production technology. This limits waste to a minimum, optimises energy recycling and maximises the return.

“Adding this largest sodium bicarbonate factory in South-East Asia complements our presence in Europe and America and creates a new platform for growth for our activities in Asia. Our unique global industrial network of nine sodium bicarbonate factories brings us closer to our international and local customers. Besides high certification standards and superior quality products and services we also offer them more assurance in supply,” said Christophe Clemente, Director of Solvay’s Soda Ash & Derivatives (SA&D) Global Business Unit.

For years Solvay has been the global market leader in sodium bicarbonate, used in the glass, detergents and chemicals markets, and has developed solutions based on sodium bicarbonate and trona for the health, food, animal feed and flue gas purification markets. SA&D has 11 industrial sites around the world, employs over 3,500 staff and is active in more than 90 countries.