, manufacturer of surfactants and specialty chemicals in Latin America, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its operations in Pasadena, Texas. The initiative forms part of a total investment of approximately US$ 113 million in the United States through 2017. The objective is to improve the Company’s ability to serve clients in North America by opening significant production capacity in the United States, close to its clients and to transportation. Oxiteno’s delivery times for its US clients are expected to be dramatically reduced, and its ability to develop custom solutions will be significantly improved. The project will expand the alkoxylation industrial plant, Research & Development laboratory and commercial office, serving to complement Oxiteno’s existing industrial and customer service structures.
The ceremony had the participation of the Oxiteno employees in the United States and the General Manager and Ultra Director, Andrea Campos Soares.
“With the consolidation of these investments in North America, we will become an important player collaborating and developing solutions together with our clients and local research centers”, explains João Parolin, Chief Executive Officer, Oxiteno.
The plant will begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2017, with an installed capacity of 170 thousand tons/year. As a result of the investment, Oxiteno will expand its portfolio of surfactants and specialty chemicals, as well as its alkoxylation technologies, focusing on the Agrochemicals, Personal Care, Home Care and I&I, Paints & Coatings and Oil & Gas markets in North America.