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02-26-2015

Emerald Kalama Chemical Creates New Position of Director, Product Commercialization

Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, appointed Daniel Tsai to the new position of director, product commercialization, to drive continued growth for the group’s line of K-FLEX low-VOC, high solvating plasticizers and coalescents. In this role, Tsai will provide leadership for the commercial development process as the business expands its range of products and applications.

Daniel Tsai (figure: Emerald Kalama)

Tsai has more than 25 years of experience in advanced materials, including leadership roles in operations, R&D, marketing, business development and commercialization. Prior to joining Emerald, Tsai founded Novana, Inc., a polymeric materials firm, where he also served as CEO. He has also held a variety of technical, marketing, and strategic planning roles at Imerys, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. and Nan-Ya Plastics Co.

Since 2011, new growth strategies for K-FLEX have resulted in expanded R&D capabilities to support the development of new products, as well as more than double the U.S. capacity for the line. A second reactor train was added at the group’s Rotterdam, The Netherlands, facility last September to increase capacity for benzoic acid and related benzoate products, including K-FLEX. The group also completed several other expansion projects in 2013 to support K-FLEX operations in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and in Kalama, WA/USA.

K-FLEX benzoate technology has a proven track record of more than three decades for delivering performance, providinga highly effective alternative that avoids the health and environmental concerns of increasingly regulated phthalate plasticizers and high-VOC coalescents. The REACH-compliant K-FLEX platform provides a range of low-VOC, non-phthalate, non-SVHC products, including those with certain clearances for use in food-contact applications.

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Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC

1296 Third Street, N.W.
US 98625 Kalama, WA

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