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Emerald Kalama Completes Expansion of PUROX® B Pure Grade Benzoic Acid Facility in Rotterdam

Published on 2013-04-15. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, has announced the completion of its latest expansion at its facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The company commissioned a new flaker production unit for its PUROX® B pure grade benzoic acid. The 20 kilo-ton capacity expansion is designed to support increased market demand for the product in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, coatings and other industrial segments.

PUROX B is available in several grades -- PUROX B Food/Pharma, PUROX B Pure Grade (flakes and molten/liquid) and Technical Grade. The high-purity grades of material have low-impurity content and meet the Ph.Eur, USP/NF, FCC and JP requirements and are also GRAS classified. Availability of liquid benzoic acid (molten) will not be impacted by the increased flake capacity.

"Demand for our PUROX B brand of benzoic acid materials continues to be strong because customers prefer its performance advantages, including high-purity, low-impurity content, low odor level and reduced caking properties and improved color of the end product," said Hubert Degens, Vice President and General Manager of benzoates and intermediates for Emerald Kalama Chemical.

Emerald Kalama Chemical has long been a recognized leader in the benzoate business, focused on benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol and sodium benzoate, which is manufactured in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Kalama, WA (U.S.). The company is also known for its downstream derivatives and specialty materials based on these core products such as its K-FLEX® phthalate-free line of plasticizers and coalescents, and Kalama® line of aroma chemicals.

"Benzoic acid is core to both of our operations in The Netherlands and in the U.S.," added Degens. "The Rotterdam site was the logical location for this expansion, because it allows us to take advantage of the additional reactor and purification capacity available there. Rotterdam also is an ideal location because of its outstanding logistics and connections that enable effective solutions for EMEA customers, as well as those on other continents." The Rotterdam operation is also certified to a number of important quality standards, including ISO-9001, ISO-14001, HACCP, and FamiQS. The PUROX S line is also certified to FSSC 22000 (food).

FDA-approved and GRAS-classified, benzoic acid is used in a wide range of applications. Along with sodium and potassium salts, it has been extensively used for years as an effective preservative to control microbial growth, such as yeast, bacteria, mold and fungi, in various applications. Benzoic acid also provides a range of functions in industrial applications. Most importantly, it serves as a key intermediate for synthesis of a wide range of chemicals, a chain terminator in the production of alkyd resins, and as an additive to synthetic polyester fibers, HDPE filaments and thermoplastic elastomers. Other applications include its use as a corrosion inhibitor in automotive cooling liquids and as an additive in down-hole mud drilling.

About Emerald Kalama Chemical

Emerald Performance Materials produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Emerald® products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business groups, eight operations and approximately 750 employees.

Source: Emerald Kalama Chemical

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