02 October 2011 11:29 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS)--Oxea expects to fully increase its specialty esters production capacity by 40% at Oberhausen, Germany, in the early part of 2012, an executive with the oxo-intermediates and oxo-derivatives producer said on Sunday.
The Oberhausen unit is already producing carboxylic acid at higher rates, said Oxea managing director and board member Miguel Mantas on the sidelines of the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.
The unit will reach “full-blown capacity” early next year, he said.
Oxea did not disclose its carboxylic acid capacity.
The expansion will support a market shift to phthalate-free plasticisers and will also enable the company to meet demand growth.
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 plants and projects.
The company will also build a new carboxylic acids unit at Oberhausen, to come on stream by late 2012. It will increase Oxea’s global carboxylic acids production capacity by an additional 40%.
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