EPCA ’12: US Albemarle mulls new catalyst expansion in Louisiana

08 October 2012 17:40  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--Albemarle’s Baton Rouge facility in Louisiana may see a new expansion of its metallocene capacity in 2015, a company executive at the US-based producer said on Monday.

“We do intend to expand Baton Rouge again,” said Amy Motto, vice president, catalysts. “We do feel the growth in metallocenes is still very strong.”

Albemarle has added two new metallocene catalyst [mainly for the production of polyethylene] production lines in the past 4-5 years, Motto said on the sidelines of the 46th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.

“We will be adding a similar facility in Korea ... so we don’t see the need to expand in Baton Rouge until 2015,” Motto added.

However, an expansion in Baton Rouge could occur as early as 2014, Motto said. “We’re evaluating that now - do we get started next year or do we wait a little bit”.

Albemarle announced in January the installation of a production train for finished polyolefin catalysts at its process development centre in Baton Rouge in order to meet increased demand.

The EPCA meeting runs from 6-10 October.

By: Brian Ford
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