COLUMBUS, OH – Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. has successfully started up a new plant in Chonburi, Thailand. The startup significantly increases the company’s capacity to produce acrylic-based resins and service customers in Southeast Asia.

Following the successful startup of the plant’s reactors, production is expected to gradually ramp up in the second quarter of 2013. The site, which is located in the Pinthong Industrial Estate Park, is capable of producing the latest generation of acrylic resins designed for use primarily in coatings, adhesives, and building and construction applications. In addition to production facilities, the new site includes product development and applications laboratories, as well as technical service and application support capabilities for customers.

The Chonburi plant is the company’s second addition to its Asia-Pacific footprint in 2013. In March 2013, the company opened a new plant in Tianjin, China. The Tianjin site produces a full range of amine curing agents and supports the global demand for high-performance epoxy systems.

The new Chonburi site replaces Momentive’s former, smaller plant in Samutsakorn, Thailand, which was a leased property. The company continues to maintain its sales and administrative offices in Bangkok.