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      Products at a Glance

      Information across all our businesses and products.
      • Chemistry for my life - Hanwha chemistry adds value to your everyday life.
      • 06:00 AMI wake up to the chilly morning air. My day starts early but full of energy. EVAEVA is an eco-friendly material with elasticity and softness which makes it ideal for sneaker soles. Its properties of transparency, flexibility and low-temperature sealability also make EVA an ideal material for laminating films and solar-module sheets.
      • 09:00 AMLike everyone else, I move among others, picking up my pace, as I make my way into the subway to go to work . CACaustic soda is essential in a wide range of industrial products including paper, textiles, detergents, metals, food and electrical generation. Chlorine is a natural co-product of caustic soda and is used to produce polycarbonates.
      • 02:00 PMA cup of coffee cheers me up in the middle of a hectic day. PEA polymer with outstanding physical properties and environmental stability, it is found in many different forms of plastic we use every day. Polyethylene coating applied to paper cups prevent leakage.
      • 06:00 PMTime to wrap up! Driving home, my hands tap lightly on the handle. TDIsTDI is a feedstock for PU resin and adhesives. Flexible foams are used in shoes, furniture, automotive components, bedding and toys. Semi-rigid foams are used in car interior materials.
      • 11:00 PMTime to rest up for a fresh start tomorrow. Survived another day, good job! PVCPVC has a wide range of residential applications such as wallpapers, flooring materials, window frames, cable sheathing, stationary and toys.


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      1. 01 No.1 in market share of
        LDPE (including EVA) in Korea
      2. 02 Specialty products (high-value
        -added products) account for
        69% of total Polyolefin sales
      3. 03 One of the world’s top 3 W&C
      4. 04 Korea’s largest LDPE, LLDPE
        production facility

      PO is a polymer that boasts outstanding physical properties and environmental stability. It is used in a wide variety of applications from daily consumer goods including packaging materials, container lids, and plastic bags to high-tech industrial goods. In 1972, Hanwha Chemical was the first company in Korea to produce LDPE and LLDPE in 1986. Through relentless technology innovations, we also became the first company in Korea to produce wire and cable (W&C) compounds that had been entirely reliant on imports. Our W&C compounds’ application has been expanding continuously to include extra-high-voltage cables. We also succeeded in developing EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), a specialty value-added product, with our own technology. Our EVA was crowned as a World-Class Product of Korea certification.

      Hanwha Chemical made inroads into the Middle Eastern market by signing a joint venture deal with Saudi Arabia’s Sipchem, a private petrochemical company. IPC (International Polymers Company), our joint venture in Saudi Arabia, is producing specialty PO products including EVA and LDPE. The production volume from our JV has allowed us to reduce cost, achieve economy of scale, and secure world-class competitiveness. As a result, we’ve become the world’s second largest EVA manufacturer.


      • 1972 Produces Korea’s first LDPE
      • 1985 Produces Korea’s first EVA and W&C compound
      • 1986 Produces Korea’s first LLDPE
      • 2004 Hanwha Chemical’s Insulation compound for power cables is certified as a World-Class Product of Korea
      • 2009 Hanwha Chemical’s EVA for thermal lamination film is certified as a World-Class Product of Korea
        Launches International Polymers Company (IPC), a JV in Saudi Arabia to produce LDPE and EVA
      • 2011 Hanwha Chemical’s EVA for photovoltaic cells is certified as a World-Class Product of Korea
        Launches Gulf Advanced Cable Insulation (GACI), a JV in Saudi Arabia to produce W&C compound
      • 2013 Launches subsidiary in Malaysia
      • 2015 Commercial production of IPC and GACI begins


      View PVC Products

      Polyvinyl Chloride

      1. 01 Secured competitiveness via vertical integration
        Ethylene Next EDC Next VCM Next PVC
      2. 02 Holds 49% of Korea’s
        market share

      Polyvinyl chloride is a general-purpose plastic most widely used as a raw material for industrial goods, packaging films, toys, and household items. After producing Korea’s first PVC in 1966, Hanwha Chemical successfully achieved complete vertical integration from supply to distribution. It now leads the PVC industry in Korea.

      Our PVC plant in Ningbo China is capable of producing 300,000 tons of PVC annually. The plant, along with our strategic alliance with local chemical players, enable us to maintain a strong presence in the Chinese PVC market with products that are superior in quality, eco-friendly, and cost competitive.

      Since 2017, we’ve been producing CPVC, a specialty synthetic resin. CPVC has 10% more Chlorine content than PVC. It’s also highly resistant to heat, pressure, and corrosion, making it an ideal raw material for sprinklers, transporting hot water, and special-purpose industrial pipes. We’ve also been successful independently developing an eco-friendly plasticizer, Eco-DEHCH, a phthalate-free plasticizer with superior quality.


      • 1966 Produces Korea’s first PVC
      • 1967 Completes construction of Ulsan PVC Plant
      • 1968 Completes construction of Jinhae PVC Plant
      • 1990 Completes construction of Yeosu PVC plant
      • 2009 Acquires Ulsan Plant 3 for DOP, MA, and PA production
      • 2010 Completes construction of Ningbo PVC plant in China
      • 2017 Localization of CPVC in Korea is achieved as production begins
        Obtains certification for eco-friendly plasticizer, Eco-DEHCH


      Chlor - Alkali

      1. 01 Hanwha Chemical’s
        CA production capacity is
        Number 1 in Korea
      2. 02 Boasts Complete vertical integration:
        Cl2 Next EDC Next VCM Next PVC

      CA refers to a range of inorganic chemical products, particularly Chlorine and Caustic Soda. They are widely used in various industries including paper, textiles, metals, and electrical generation. Hanwha Chemical a globally recognized brand and despite holding Korea’s largest market share in CA, we continuously strive to increase our competitiveness both domestically and internationally.


      • 1980 Yeocheon CA Plant is built, securing Korea’s largest production capacity
      • 1990 Korea’s first domestic production of ECH is achieved with Korea’s first plant
        with annual production capacity 20,000 tons is built
      • 2001 1st phase expansion is completed (CA/OXY3)
      • 2010 2nd phase expansion is completed (CA/OXY4)
      • 2017 3rd phase expansion is completed (CA/OXY5)


      View Polysilicon Products


      1. 01 Conventional petrochemical production,
        e.g. CA, EDC, VCM, has led to
        lower cost
        and higher profitability
        for Hanwha Chemical
      2. 02 Complete vertical integration from Polysilicon
        to solar power generation
        gives Hanwha
        Chemical a competitive edge in the market

      Polysilicon is a core material in photovoltaic production. The market for solar-grade, high-purity Polysilicon is limited to a small number of companies with sophisticated processing technologies. The technology barriers to market entry are high because the initial investment cost is high. Hanwha Chemical is one of only a few companies in the world with technologies and knowhow to bring advancement in the solar PV industry.

      Inside the Yeosu Industrial Complex, we built a Polysilicon plant that went into commercial production in 2014. It is currently capable of annually producing 15,000 tons of Polysilicon. And with the synergy of our affiliates, Hanwha Chemical is able continuously find and invest in new opportunities that will undoubtedly take us to the top of the solar market.

      Polysilicon Data
      Hanwha Chemical Hanwha Q CELLS Hanwha Q CELLS Korea
      Polysilicon Ingot, Wafer/ Cell / Module EPC & Operations


      • 2010 Acquires Solarfun Power Holdings, now renamed Hanwha Q CELLS,
        to enter the photovoltaic business
      • 2011 Establishes Hanwha Q CELLS Korea
      • 2012 Acquires Q-CELLS in Germany to be ranked as the world’s third biggest photovoltaic business
        in production volume
      • 2014 Begins commercial production of polysilicon from Yeosu Plant (10,000 annualized tons)
      • 2015 Hanwha Q CELLS emerges as World’s top solar cell maker (4.2GW in cell capacity)
      • 2016 Increases Yeosu plant’s production to 15,000 tons annually


      View TDI Products

      Toluene Diisocyanate

      1. 01 Production Capacity of 150KTA
      2. 02 No1. market
        in Korea
      3. 03 Exported to 120 countries

      TDI is used in synthesizing polyurethane alongside MDI and polyol. It is used in a wide range of products including PU foams, synthetic leather, construction materials, and paint adhesives. The TDI business is part of Hanwha Chemical’s long-term plan to secure global competitiveness in the polyurethane industry by expanding the scope of business and developing high-value-added products.


      • 1978 Establishes TDI business
      • 1983 Construction of Yeocheon plant to produce TDI is completed
      • 2000 First expansion to TDI plant is completed
      • 2011 Second expansion to the TDI plant is completed
      • 2014 KPX Fine Chemical is acquired and becomes Hanwha Fine Chemical
      • 2016 Hanwha Fine Chemical is merged with Hanwha Chemical


      Alkali Water Soluble Resin

      1. 01 First to localize ASR
        in Korea
      2. 02 One of the top 3
        producers in the world
      3. 03 Exports 96% of its products
        to 40 countries

      Hanwha Alkali Water Soluble Resins have outstanding features to develop properties such as pigment dispersion, stability and printing for water base coating and printing applications. Since Hanwha Chemical Thailand was established in 1989, we have been steering the global market by developing new markets abroad. We will enhance our ASR and Emulsion products to continuously meet the needs of our customers.


      • 1985 ASR is localized
      • 1989 Hanyang Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd is established
      • 1994 Company name changed to Hanwha Chemical Thailand Co.,Ltd
      • 2009 First Commercial Production Line goes live (capacity: 7kTA)
      • 2010 Second Commercial Production Line goes live (capacity: 4kTA)
      • 2012 Third Commerical Production Line goes live (capacity: 7kTA)