Issue Date: July 25, 2011
Huntsman Boosts Electrolyte Capacity
Huntsman Corp. is increasing capacity for its Ultrapure electrolyte solvents in response to growth in the lithium-ion battery market. Huntsman calls itself the world’s largest producer of ethylene carbonate and propylene carbonate, which are used as electrolyte solvents. The firm plans a near-term expansion of its plant in Conroe, Texas, and says it is considering building a new carbonates facility in North America in the next three to five years. Huntsman operates ethylene, propylene, and glycerin carbonate capacity totaling 80 million lb per year in Conroe.
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