Emerald Kalama Chemical, a division of Emerald Performance Materials, has started the construction of a new operation to produce K-Flex non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents at its facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The new operation is scheduled to be commissioned during the third quarter of 2012.
Emerald Kalama Chemical acquired the Rotterdam facility from DSM in December 2010. The Rotterdam manufacturing operations are certified to a number of quality standards, including ISO-9001, ISO-14001, HACCP, and FamiQS. The new K-Flex line addition represents Emerald’s first major investment designed to expand the range of products at Rotterdam. The company also manufactures its K-Flex product line in the United States at its Kalama, Wash. facility. Emerald previously announced the completion of a 25 percent capacity expansion and building of a new technical center to support the growth of its K-Flex products at the Kalama site.
K- Flex glycol dibenzoate esters are fast fusing, high polarity plasticizers for a wide range of applications, such as vinyl flooring, coatings, adhesives, sealants and caulks.
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