MOSCOW (MRC) - Albemarle Corporation has announced that it plans to increase production capabilities of its curatives products at its facility in Pasadena, TX, USA, reported GV.
The capacity investment will support the company's Ethacure 100 liquid curative product for application in polyureas, urethanes and epoxies.
Albemarle's Ethacure 100 curatives are curing agents and chain extenders for polyurethane and polyurea elastomers, as well as epoxy resins, particularly in reaction injection moulding and spray applications. According to the manufacturer, these diamine curatives allow for adjustable reaction time and substantially reduce dust exposure while providing processing advantages and improved final product properties.
"We are excited to announce our plans for increased production at a robust production site," said Chris Knight, Albemarle's vice president, Specialty Chemicals. "This expansion will allow Albemarle to meet the needs of our customers by continuing to provide high quality products and customer service and will strengthen our position as a leading supplier in the curatives industry."
Production in the expanded facility is expected in 2015.
As MRC informed before, Albemarle and ICL have recently entered into an agreement to establish a manufacturing joint venture for the production of ICL's FR-122P polymeric flame retardant and Albemarle's GreenCrest polymeric flame retardant.
These flame retardants are designed to replace hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD). HBCD has been the leading flame retardant used in expanded (EPS) and extruded (XPS) polystyrene foam applications, but is being phased out in the European Union (EU), Japan and other countries. The joint venture and its partners will own and operate a 2,400-tpy Netherlands plant, which is currently operating, and a 10,000-tpy Israel plant, which is scheduled to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services.