Union Carbide has completed the expansion of its vinyl acetate monomer unit at Texas City, TX, raising annual capacity by 30% to 720 million pounds. A further incremental expansion is planned to take the facility to 750 million pounds early in 1997. Union Carbide announced an agreement with Chang Chun Petrochemicals of Taiwan to increase butyl acetate production at Chang Chun's Miau-Li plant to 25,000 metric tons, beginning in January 1996. As part of the agreement, which expands upon an existing arrangement, Union Carbide will supply butanol as raw material from its plant in Taft, LA. The companies also agreed to conduct a feasibility study on expanding butyl acetate capacity by an additional 25,000 metric tons over the next several years, either in Taiwan or at another Southeast Asian location. Thai Petrochemical Industry Public Company, Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand, will build a major new polyethylene plant, based on Union Carbide's Unipol Process technology, at Rayong, Thailand. Scheduled for completion in 1997, the facility will have an annual capacity of 200,000 metric tons.