22 January 2014 12:01 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based oxo-alcohols specialist Oxea said on Wednesday that it has completed a capacity expansion at its Amsterdam, Netherlands, specialty esters plant.
The company estimated expenditure on the project, which has expanded specialty esters capacity at the Amsterdam plant by 20%, in the single-figure million euro range.
Oxea produces several phthalate-free plasticizers at the plant, including trioctyl trimellitate (TOTM), and dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP), targeted at the medical device and flooring production sectors.
The materials are being presented as alternatives to conventional plasticizers such as dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP).
“At the end of last year a leading flooring company announced its decision to switch to phthalate-free products. Shortly after, the main European DOP producer announced that it would discontinue production of this plasticizer, which is also still widely used in medical applications,” said Jacco de Haas, global marketing manager for specialty esters at Oxea.
“Our successful capacity expansion will enable our customers to make a timely switch from DOP to alternative products such as TOTM and DOTP,” de Haas added.
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