Omya India to raise calcium carbonate capacity in Malaysia by 50%

01 February 2012 12:42  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS)--Calcium carbonate producer Omya India will raise its capacity in Malaysia by 50% when a new 120,000 tonne/year plant in Ipoh, Perak state, starts up in mid-April, a company source said on Wednesday.

Omya currently operates three calcium carbonate plants in Malaysia with a combined capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year, the source said at the sidelines of the six-day PlastIndia exhibition.

The company also has an 80,000 tonne/year calcium carbonate plant in Maharashtra state in India, he said.

Plastics processors typically use calcium carbonate as a filler in plastics compounds to reduce raw material costs, as calcium carbonate is usually cheaper than plastic resins. Other applications include paints and pharmaceutical products.

By: Chow Bee Lin
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