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Emery Oleochemicals to Expand Production of Green Polymer Additives Used in Coatings

Published on 2012-08-21. Author : SpecialChem

LOXSTEDT, Germany -- Emery Oleochemicals, the world's leading natural-based chemicals producer, celebrated the groundbreaking of its Loxstedt manufacturing facility expansion and construction of the Technical Development Center (TDC). Valued at an estimated €20 million (US$25million), it is billed as the company's largest investment in Loxstedt to-date, reinforcing its significance to the company's global strategy of becoming a key player in the Green Polymer Additives segment.

Scheduled for completion by end 2013, these expansion projects bring together over 70 years of pioneering technology and know-how to drive innovation in polymer product development intended to meet customers' evolving demands in this growing segment. The marketplace will furthermore benefit from advancements in customizable higher-end product development as the company looks to leverage the success of its globally recognized high-performance plastic additives brands, LOXIOL® and EDENOL®.

"With this expansion, we aim to support both existing and new customers by increasing our Loxstedt capacity and in focusing on strategic product development works. We see a steady annual growth in plastic additives consumption of 4%-5% worldwide making our Loxstedt expansion integral and timely," explained Dr. Kongkrapan Intarajang, Group Chief Executive Officer, Emery Oleochemicals. "Our investments here combined with our global reach, innovation and market insights will prove instrumental when partnering with customers to find solutions necessary to meet the rapid product evolution seen in the Green Polymer Additives segment."

The Loxstedt manufacturing facility expansion will encompass substantial technological enhancement of its current infrastructure, which will allow for the development of its existing natural-based product portfolio that includes highly-specialized additives for the plastics, coatings and lubricant industries.

The Loxstedt TDC on the other hand, is designed to serve as the Global Centre of Excellence for Emery Oleochemicals' Green Polymer Additives business. It will provide customers with value-add services by streamlining resources and integrating the global network for application development. To be fitted out with state-of-the-art lab equipment, it will be staffed by a dedicated team and will also be supported by existing technical service centres located throughout the company's global operations.

Hans Peter Eckardt, General Manager, Emery Oleochemicals Europe said, "Home to where most of the company's pioneering works in plastic additives has taken place, our Loxstedt expansion projects are a natural and strategic extension of our local operations. This is both an exciting opportunity and a testament to our outstanding workforce in Loxstedt and the importance of our Europe operations to our global organization. It also ensures that we continue to play an integral part in the local community, as we have for many years."

The event was attended by senior officials from the local municipality, project partners and members of senior management from Emery Oleochemicals. Eckardt also took the opportunity to recognise the efforts of everyone in bringing the expansion plans to fruition. "Being a responsible corporate citizen is evident in all that we do, from our commitment to protecting the environment to the health and safety of our colleagues and the community to establishing manufacturing best practises within the company. Guided by these principles, I look forward to working together with all of our key stakeholders in successfully implementing these projects."

Emery Oleochemicals is headquartered in Malaysia and its two production facilities in Europe are both based in Germany. The existing Loxstedt facility produces specialty solutions whilst the Düsseldorf site produces a combination of both commodity and semi-commodity solutions. The company has an extensive distribution network covering over 50 countries and also supports the marketplace through its manufacturing and sales and service offices located in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

About Emery Oleochemicals Group

Emery Oleochemicals is a leading producer of natural-based chemicals made predominantly from natural oils and fats such as palm kernel oil and tallow. They offer an extensive product portfolio, including renewable solutions for the Green Polymer Additives and Home and Personal Wellness markets. Other high performance products include plastic additives, ozone acids, oilfield chemicals, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, glycerin, and triacetin.

With revenue of US$1.2billion (2011), the company is headquartered in Malaysia with manufacturing plants spanning three continents - Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. Emery Oleochemicals' global operations are backed by a diverse workforce of more than 1,000 people and an extensive distribution network covering over 50 countries worldwide.

Source: Emery Oleochemicals Group


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