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Emerald Initiates Construction of K-FLEX® Non-phthalate Plasticizers Extended Facility in Kalama

Published on 2012-04-12. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- Emerald Kalama Chemical, a division of Emerald Performance Materials, announced it has begun construction of a 60 per cent capacity expansion for K-FLEX® non-phthalate plasticizers at its Kalama, WA (USA) facility. The additional reactor capacity is scheduled to be commissioned in January 2013. This is the company's second capacity expansion for the K-FLEX product line at its Washington facility in the past two years. Earlier this year, the company also announced construction of a new K-FLEX manufacturing site which is underway in the Netherlands.

"Our product line strategy has been to focus on more environmentally friendly non-phthalate plasticizers and low-VOC coalescents that provide performance advantages to the customer," said Shamsi Gravel, Emerald Kalama's product line manager for The Americas. "This strategy is in direct response to changing needs in the marketplace. The growing demand for these materials, coupled with the success of our new product innovations, has fueled the need for our most recent expansion."

K-FLEX plasticizers and coalescents are used in adhesives, PVC compounds, coatings and other latex polymer applications. In these applications, K-FLEX products are known for enhancing film formation, adhesion, processing characteristics and improving the resistance of the end-product to oil, grease and water. Other important benefits include improved scrub resistance, gloss retention in coatings, stain resistance and toughened wear layers in plastisols when compared with other materials.

"Earlier this year, our company announced we would be making several multi-million dollar investments to further grow our global manufacturing capacity and applications capabilities. This latest expansion at our Kalama, WA facility is our third globally. This project is designed to meet the growing global demand for this important product platform," said Edward T. Gotch, president of Emerald Kalama Chemical. "Our Kalama, WA facility continues to be an excellent base of operations and applications support from which we can address the market's needs and integrate with other key feed stocks manufactured at the site."

Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces sodium and potassium benzoate, benzoic acid and intermediates, and specialty flavor and fragrance ingredients, which the company sells globally through its distribution partners. The business has manufacturing operations in Kalama, WA and in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Emerald Kalama Chemical products are used in a range of applications from beverage preservatives to personal care and household products, as well as industrial applications.

About Emerald

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a division of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC. Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald™ products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business units, eight operations and approximately 700 employees.

Source: Emerald

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