25 September 2002 19:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--Specialty chemicals producer Albemarle said Wednesday it will increase production capacity for fine precipitated aluminum hydroxide (ATH) by some 10% at its German affiliate, Martinswerk.
Richmond, Virginia-based Albemarle said the Martinswerk ATH plant at Bergheim, Germany is already the world's largest ATH facility. The company said the expansion work will be completed by early next year.
But a statement issued by the company's Baton Rouge, Louisiana office did not specify the plant's existing capacity or the cost of the improvements.
Nor were company officials immediately available today to say whether the expansion work will require any down time for the facility.
Wolfgang Hardtke, Albemarle's global manager for mineral flame retardants, was quoted as saying that the expansion at the Bergheim ATH plant "reflects anticipated growing market demand for ATH, in particular for fine powder."
Fine ATH is widely used as a flame retardant in the plastics and rubber industries because it is environmentally friendly and suppresses smoke. Fine ATH powders and slurries also are used in the paper and board industries to improve whiteness, opacity and gloss.
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