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Huber Announces Capacity Expansion at its Precipitated Alumina Trihydrate Facility in Arkansas

Published on 2014-09-15. Author : SpecialChem

ATLANTA -- Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces it has increased capacity at its Precipitated Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) plant in Bauxite, Arkansas (U.S.) by 30 percent.

“Huber has a long-term, multi-stage plan to incrementally increase capacity at Bauxite driven by customer demand and new product sales,” says Mike Wilson, Director of Operations for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business. “The plan requires a relatively low capital cost compared to Greenfield expansions due to the configuration of the facility. The size and infrastructure of the operation in place at the time of our acquisition in 2012 is the key component of successfully implementing the multi-stage approach.”

The continuous investments at Bauxite will effectively position Huber to continue supporting its customers’ growth strategies with the manufacture of a broad range of precipitated ATH products. “Phase two of the expansion plan at Bauxite is already in motion and targeted for completion in 2015,” says Don Mills, Global Sales Director for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives business. “We are well-positioned to serve our customers in a number of markets.”

“The growth plans we are implementing build upon the initial strategy we set when we entered the precipitated ATH market with the purchase of Bauxite,” says Jerry Bertram, Vice President and General Manager for Huber’s Fire Retardant Additives Business. “These continuing investments to expand and improve our manufacturing capabilities underline Huber’s ongoing, long-term commitment to the fire retardant additives business and the customers we serve.”

Huber is a global leader in supplying non-halogen fire retardant additives including ATH, Magnesium Hydroxide (MDH) and Engineered Molybdate Complexes for a variety of consumer, electrical and industrial applications, including reinforced plastics, engineering thermoplastics, rubber, carpet backing, cast polymer, coatings, roofing, adhesives, high-voltage insulators and wire and cable insulation and jacketing.

About Huber Engineered Materials

Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, develops engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic expertise has resulted in advancing the art in specialty silicas and silicates, alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, molybdate complexes, barium sulfate and natural calcium carbonate.

About J.M. Huber Corporation

J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, operates a portfolio of companies with a focus on its core engineered materials businesses. Founded in 1883, today Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies in the U.S. The diversified, multinational company creates products that are used in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications, including oral care, personal care, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and building materials.

Source: Huber


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