U.S.-based materials firm Emerald Performance Materials LLC is adding plasticizer production in the Netherlands for its Emerald Kalama Chemical unit.
Production of K-Flex-brand non-phthalate plasticizers is set to begin in the third quarter of the year at a plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that was acquired in late 2010 by Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Emerald.
The Emerald Kalama Chemical unit manufactures benzoate and related chemical additives at the site, which was purchased from specialty chemicals maker DSM NV.
Emerald Kalama also makes K-Flex plasticizers at a plant in Kalama, Wash. The materials are used in vinyl flooring, coatings, adhesives and similar products.
“Our K-Flex product line is one of the key growth platforms for Emerald Kalama, fueled by demand for effective, environmentally friendly alternatives to phthalate plasticizers,” Emerald Kalama President Edward Gotch said in recent news release.
Emerald officials added in the release that the expansion has allowed the firm to add new equipment, as well as staff in commercial and research and devel- opment positions. Marketing director Julie Vaughn declined to offer specific details on job creation.
Previously, K-Flex materials sold in Europe had to be shipped from Kalama, Vaughn added.
The Netherlands expansion comes less than a year after Emerald increased K-Flex production by 25 percent in Kalama. The company also has broken ground on a new technical center there, which is expected to open this spring.
Emerald's other plastic-related products include epoxy resins and carbon-black additives.
The company is owned by financial investor Sun Capital Partners Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. Sun Capital's Sun European Partner LLP unit recently bought Spanish ABS maker Elix Polymers SL from Ineos Group.