Emery Oleochemicals starts work on Euro20mil expansion projects in Loxstedt, Germany
17 Aug 2012 - Emery Oleochemicals, the world’s leading natural-based chemicals producer, celebrated the groundbreaking of its Loxstedt manufacturing facility expansion and construction of the Technical Development Centre (TDC) here today. Valued at an estimated €20 million (US $25million), it is billed as the company’s largest investment in Loxstedt to-date, reinforcing its significance to the company’s global strategy of becoming a key player in the Green Polymer Additives segment.
Scheduled for completion by end 2013, these expansion projects bring together over 70 years of pioneering technology and know-how to drive innovation in polymer product development intended to meet customers’ evolving demands in this growing segment. The marketplace will furthermore benefit from advancements in customisable higher-end product development as the company looks to leverage the success of its globally recognized high-performance plastic additives brands, LOXIOL® and EDENOL®.
“With this expansion, we aim to support both existing and new customers by increasing our Loxstedt capacity and in focussing on strategic product development works. We see a steady annual growth in plastic additives consumption of 4%-5% worldwide making our Loxstedt expansion integral and timely,” explained Dr. Kongkrapan Intarajang, Group Chief Executive Officer, Emery Oleochemicals. “Our investments here combined with our global reach, innovation and market insights will prove instrumental when partnering with customers to find solutions necessary to meet the rapid product evolution seen in the Green Polymer Additives segment.”
The Loxstedt manufacturing facility expansion will encompass substantial technological enhancement of its current infrastructure, which will allow for the development of its existing natural-based product portfolio that includes highly-specialised additives for the plastics, coatings and lubricant industries.
The Loxstedt TDC on the other hand, is designed to serve as the Global Centre of Excellence for Emery Oleochemicals’ Green Polymer Additives business. It will provide customers with value-add services by streamlining resources and integrating the global network for application development.
To be fitted out with state-of-the-art lab equipment, it will be staffed by a dedicated team and will also be supported by existing technical service centers located throughout the company’s global operations. The event was attended by senior officials from the local municipality, project partners and members of senior management from Emery Oleochemicals.
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Emery Oleochemicals Press Clipping - Loxstedt Grdbrking Ceremony (17th Aug) PDF