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Emerald Kalama Upgrades Logistics Infrastructure at its Wash Facility for Plasticizers

Published on 2016-09-08. Author : SpecialChem

Emerald Kalama Chemical
Emerald Kalama Chemical

Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, has completed key upgrades to its logistics infrastructure at its facility in Kalama, Wash. (USA), where the business manufactures K-FLEX® plasticizers, Kalama® benzoates and intermediates, and Kalama® flavor and fragrance ingredients. The upgrades will enhance service and operational capabilities by streamlining logistics for customers worldwide.

The group’s Kalama site is one of three Emerald Kalama Chemical manufacturing facilities worldwide. As Emerald grows and demand for Kalama® and K-FLEX® products increases, the site must handle increased volumes of final product and incoming materials by sea, truck and rail. As a result, the latest logistics investment is designed to enable handling of larger quantities of final product. Upgrades include improvements to docks, added truck loading facilities and an additional rail line.

"The Kalama, Washington site has been used to produce Kalama benzoate-based products since 1971, and for good reason; its location on the Port of Kalama and on a rail line is highly strategic for global transports to provide expedited service to our customers and distribution partners worldwide," said Claudia Knowlton-Chike, senior vice president, supply chain for Emerald Kalama Chemical.

Strategy to Expand its Capabilities and Offerings

In recent years, Emerald has pursued an ambitious strategy to expand its capabilities and offerings. To achieve this, the company has made a series of investments to expand the range of specialty chemicals it produces, support R&D and more than double capacity for K-FLEX® plasticizers and aroma chemicals, which utilize key feedstocks produced at the Kalama, Wash. site.

"Building increased flexibility into our operation was a critical piece of this latest series of projects," Knowlton-Chike said. "This investment builds upon our current reputation for service, enhancing our capabilities as we continue to increase our global footprint and expand the range of our specialties."

Growth & Expansion
Growth & Expansion

Recent Investments

The company has also made recent investments to expand capabilities, offerings and global service at its other operations. For example, in 2015, Emerald completed the acquisition of Innospec's aroma chemical business based in Widnes, UK and began construction on a $40 million project to increase capacity for Kalama® benzaldehyde and Purox® benzoic acid at its Rotterdam, Netherlands facility.

Emerald Kalama Chemical produces K-FLEX® low-VOC, non-phthalate plasticizers, Kalama® flavor and fragrance ingredients, and Kalama® and Purox® benzoates, food-grade antimicrobials and intermediates—available globally—at its ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004-certified facilities in Kalama, Wash., Widnes, UK and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

About Emerald

Emerald Performance Materials produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Emerald® 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 groups, nine operations and more than 800 employees.

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Source: Emerald Kalama Chemical
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