US WR Grace to acquire assets of China catalysts producer Noblestar

30 May 2012 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--WR Grace has agreed to acquire the assets of China’s Noblestar Catalysts for an undisclosed sum, the US-based catalysts and specialty chemicals firm said on Wednesday.

Grace said that Noblestar assets at Qingdao in China's Shandong province include facilities for the production of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts, catalyst intermediates and related products used in the petroleum refining industry.

“This acquisition provides Grace with immediate, local manufacturing capacity to better serve our refining customers within China and North Asia,” said Shawn Abrams, president of Grace’s catalysts technologies business.

Grace expects to make additional investments at the Qingdao site for environmental, safety and manufacturing upgrades, Abrams added.

Last week, Grace disclosed plans to produce FCC catalysts and related products at Qingdao.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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