Albemarle installs new production train for finished polyolefin catalysts and supporting auxiliaries

Abemarle Corporation has successfully completed the latest expansion of its Process Development Center (PDC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by installing a new production train for finished polyolefin catalysts and a number of supporting auxiliaries. "This new train will add to the capacity in our existing facilities at the PDC," explains Amy Motto, vice president of Albemarle's Performance Catalyst Solutions (PCS) division. "The increased capacity is needed to meet the growing demand for finished single site catalysts used in the polyolefin industry including Albemarle's ActivCat® technology." "The project team deserves a lot of credit for completing this project on a highly expedited schedule," said Jay Roberg, technical director for Albemarle's PCS and Fine Chemicals divisions. "Not only did the team deliver the project safely, but we were able to produce high performance finished catalysts on specification from the very first batch." This expansion is the latest in a series of projects that Albemarle is undertaking to meet the growing demand for its metallocene/single site finished catalyst business. A separate production facility is also being constructed in Yeosu, Korea to help meet this demand.
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