Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, has completed debottlenecking on a reactor brought online in 2014 to optimize output, adding 50 KT of reactor capacity. In addition, the company entered the final stage of construction for a 40-million-USD expansion at the company's Rotterdam, Netherlands facility that will increase capacity and support growing global demand for Purox® benzoic acid and Kalama® benzaldehyde, as well as related downstream products. Construction for the project will be completed in Q4 of 2016.
The project includes the addition of new purification and finishing facilities to the Rotterdam site, which will increase capacity by about 100,000 MT for Kalama® and Purox® brands of benzoic acid flakes, sodium benzoate granules and liquid benzoic acid. In addition, the scope of the original project was expanded to increase capabilities for Kalama® benzaldehyde. Start-up for the new purification facilities is slated for Q1 2017.
"Growth for benzoic acid and benzaldehyde has continued to escalate as a result of increased demand in key segments worldwide, especially in Europe, such as food and beverage, animal feed, personal care and pharmaceuticals. Our Rotterdam operation is strategically located to serve the needs of these markets, and increasing our capabilities for this site supports our long-term strategic plan and enables us to remain global leaders in the benzoates industry," said Paul Hogan, vice president and general manager for Emerald Kalama Chemical's benzoates and intermediates business.
Hogan continued, "in addition, benzoic acid and benzaldehyde are key intermediates used in the synthesis of many downstream products, so increasing our capabilities debottlenecks and supports our other growing businesses."
Emerald Kalama Chemical is a leading global producer of benzaldehyde and benzoic acid, which are also used to produce Kalama® and Purox® benzyl alcohol and benzoate salts. In addition to the current expansion and the addition of the new reactor in 2014, Emerald installed a new flaker production unit for benzoic acid in 2013.
Kalama® and Purox® benzoates, benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol provide world class quality and purity in preservative applications, protecting the quality of foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals and personal care. Emerald Kalama products are valued in these applications for their safety and efficacy, low odor, excellent taste profiles and ability to reduce caking and maintain high color stability.
The company's portfolio of benzoic acid products is FDA-approved and GRAS-classified. The Rotterdam operation is also certified to meet or exceed a number of important quality standards, including ISO-9001, ISO-14001, HACCP, FamiQS and FSSC22000.
In addition to Kalama® and Purox® benzoates, benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol, Emerald Kalama Chemical produces Kalama® high purity flavor and fragrance ingredients and K-FLEX® low-VOC, non-phthalate dibenzoate plasticizers and coalescents, produced at the company's ISO-certified facilities in Rotterdam, Kalama, Wash. (U.S.) and Widnes, UK.
For information on these or other Emerald products, visit www.emeraldmaterials.com or contact Emerald Kalama Chemical Customer Service in the U.S. toll-free at 800.223.0035 or +1.360.673.2550 or in Europe by phone at +00.31.88.888.0512 and by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.