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Emerald to Expand Technical Center to Develop Formulations & Measure Performance of Coatings

Published on 2011-07-13. Author : SpecialChem

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH -- Emerald Kalama Chemical, a division of Emerald Performance Materials, announced that it has completed the first of several planned phases of its technical expansion focused on its K-FLEX® non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents. The business has also increased its technical staff by 50 percent. In addition, the company has approved the investment in a new technical center and will break ground later this summer at its Kalama, WA site. The new technical center is scheduled to open in spring 2012.

Phase one of the expansion focused on the purchase of new analytical and applications testing equipment. State-of-the-art instruments are now available on-site to determine glass transition, minimum film forming temperatures, volatility and adhesion. The laboratory is additionally equipped to develop formulations and measure performance in a variety of key end-use applications, including latex adhesives, coatings, plastisols, caulks and sealants.

"We have established aggressive plans to support and further accelerate our growth of this key platform," said Edward T. Gotch, president of Emerald Kalama Chemical. "Technology development is a key part of those growth plans. Our investment in our technical resources will provide Emerald Kalama Chemical with a state-of-the-art lab and the needed technical capabilities to support our overall business plans."

"As customers continue to seek more environmentally friendly materials, the dibenzoate ester type of chemistry used in the K-FLEX product line is a preferred alternative," added Shamsi Gravel, product line manager for The Americas. "Recent rulings regarding phthalates over the last couple years have fueled a significant increase in the number of customer development projects in our current laboratory. The expanded laboratory facilities and technical resources will enable us to deliver even greater value to our customers, as we can further develop and expand our range of products and optimize their performance for targeted end-use applications."

K-FLEX plasticizers are used in adhesives, PVC compounds, coatings and other latex polymer applications. In these applications, K-FLEX products are known for enhancing film formation, adhesion, processing characteristics and improving the resistance of the end-product to oil, grease and water. K-FLEX products offer a unique combination of benefits. These materials are highly effective non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents which have a low VOC content and non-SVHC, REACH-pre-registered materials that are readily biodegradable.

Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces sodium and potassium benzoate, benzoic acid and intermediates, and specialty flavor and fragrance ingredients, which the company sells globally through its distribution partners. Emerald Kalama Chemical products are used in a range of applications from beverage preservatives to personal care and household products, as well as industrial applications.

About Emerald

Emerald Kalama Chemical is a division of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC. Emerald produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications. Its 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 units, eight operations and approximately 700 employees.

Source: Emerald

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