Oxea Will Boost Carboxylic Acids | March 14, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 11 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 11 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 14, 2011

Oxea Will Boost Carboxylic Acids

Department: Business
Keywords: carboxylic acids, phthalates

Oxea plans to build a new carboxylic acid plant at its headquarters site in Oberhausen, Germany. To come on stream in late 2012, the plant will boost the firm’s global carboxylic acid capacity 40% on top of previously announced expansions that will increase capacity 20% by the end of 2011. Oxea says the main driver for the expansions is growing demand for synthetic fatty acids used to make lubricant esters and phthalate-free plasticizers. Last month, Oxea announced a 40% expansion of a plant in Oberhausen making specialty esters that replace phthalate plasticizers.

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