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Clariant inaugurates new polypropylene catalyst plant

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Clariant has announced the inauguration of its new polypropylene catalyst plant in Louisville, USA, making it Clariant's largest catalyst production hub.

Clariant has announced the official opening of its new polypropylene (PP) catalyst production facility in Louisville, Kentucky, US. The new plant, developed and implemented in cooperation with CB&I, makes the Louisville site Clariant’s largest US production hub for catalysts and marks a further investment by Clariant to accelerate growth in North America.

Clariant has significantly expanded its presence in the North American region over recent years, with sales increasing from US$939 million in 2011 to US$1120 million in 2015. Its 1800 regional employees work across 41 locations. In addition to its catalysts business, Clariant focuses in the US on supporting customers through its oil services and industrial and consumer specialties businesses.

The addition of the PP catalyst facility further strengthens Louisville as the most important site for Clariant’s business unit catalysts in North America. It combines sales, technical service, research and development (R&D), technical centre, pilot plants and production.

The new PP catalyst facility is part of Clariant’s long term strategic partnership with CB&I’s Novolen technology business. The innovative catalysts produced here will help the global polypropylene industry to efficiently produce a complete portfolio of polypropylene resins.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by representatives from across the Clariant organisation and CB&I’s Executive Management Team, Clariant CEO Hariolf Kottmann commented, “The new production plant in Louisville marks a significant step forward for our catalysts business unit. Our catalysts contribute extensively to value creation in our customers’ operations, and the catalysts coming from this special plant will help to ensure that raw materials and energy are used efficiently in polypropylene production.”

Philip K. Asherman, CB&I’s President and CEO added, “We are pleased to partner with Clariant in developing this 'state of the art' catalyst facility. This facility will ensure high quality and high capacity catalysts output for our customers and the polypropylene industry.”

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