Oxea to increase specialty esters capacity at Oberhausen, Germany

24 February 2011 11:05  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Oxea will increase its specialty esters production capacity at Oberhausen, Germany, from the second half of this year, it said on Thursday.

The expansion would support an increasing market shift to phthalate-free plasticisers and would also enable the company to meet strong demand growth from existing customers, Oxea said.

The capacity of its existing ester unit would be increased by 40% this year and a new unit would come on line in the second half of 2012, the company said in a statement.

Oxea produces 130,000 tonnes/year of butanol, 540,000 tonnes/year of butyraldehyde and 300,000 tonnes/year of ethylhexanol at its Oberhausen site, according to ICIS data.

Its products are used in the production of high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, flavourings and fragrances, printing inks and plastics.

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