WR Grace to expand capacity for silica gel in Brazil and Malaysia

14 October 2010 14:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--WR Grace plans to increase its manufacturing capacity for silica gel at its existing facilities in Kuantan, Malaysia, and Sorocaba, Brazil, to support the growing renewable fuels industry, the US-based specialty chemicals company said on Thursday.

Construction at both sites was expected to begin by the end of 2010 with production occurring by the third quarter of 2011, it added.

WR Grace expected the global renewable fuels industry to grow significantly over the next several years, especially in the emerging economies of Latin America and Asia Pacific.

"Grace's planned expansions will enable increased production of silica gel products for the renewable fuels industry, particularly for the production of both biodiesel and renewable diesel," the group said in a statement.

Silica gel improves a refinery's economics by removing contaminants from natural oil feedstocks more efficiently, WR Grace added.

"Grace is uniquely positioned to respond to the trends in the renewable fuels and chemicals industries with our materials science and catalyst expertise and established relationships with petroleum and natural oil companies," said Gregory Poling, vice president of WR Grace.

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