Emerald Kalama Chemical Expands Rotterdam Production Site
Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, announced approval for final design engineering and the initial purchase of key long lead time process equipment for the addition of a second benzoic acid purification and finishing process at its facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Final approval for full construction is expected in third quarter 2015. The expansion, slated for completion in 2016, will support the group’s benzoic acid production unit, adding capacity to process an additional 100,000 t/a of high purity material and supporting output from the company’s two reactor trains in Rotterdam. This project is the group’s seventh multi-million-dollar investment in the last several years at its Rotterdam site.
The added purification and finishing capacity will support growing demand for the company’s high purity Kalama and Purox brands of benzoic acid flakes, sodium benzoate granules and liquid benzoic acid, which it provides to the market and utilizes for the production of downstream products, notably K-Flex non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents. Benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are used as antimicrobials to produce a wide range of products, in markets such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, personal care and industrial applications, including paint, coatings, down-hole drilling and plastics.
Engineering and design for the project are underway. Construction will begin later this year and continue through 2016, with a planned start-up in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC
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