Honeywells UOP said Tuesday that it will invest $20
million to expand its production facility in Mobile, Ala., to
produce adsorbents and catalysts.
The investment will expand production of UOPs
IONSIV Ion Exchange adsorbents, which remove
radioactive material from liquid, and are currently being used
in Japan in response to last year's nuclear disaster.
It will also support the production of new adsorbents and
catalysts used by petrochemical producers and
refiners, UOP officials said.
The expansion is expected to be
completed in the fourth quarter of this year.
"This investment helps us meet the demand for our newest
advanced materials, as well as established products that are in
demand by customers around the world," said Mike Millard,
senior vice president and general manager for UOPs
catalyst, adsorbents and specialties business.
"We continue to invest in new technologies that will help
meet refiners and petrochemical producers' needs for
materials that offer more flexibility, increase production and
lower cost, he added.
IONSIV Ion Exchanger adsorbents are crystalline materials
that can selectively remove radioactive ions from liquids.
At Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, these
adsorbents are successfully being used to reduce radioactive
cesium to non-detectable levels in the plant's contaminated
wastewater after the earthquake and tsunami last year.
These materials have been used commercially for more than 30
years to remove radioactive ions from liquids, such as
radioactive waste streams in commercial nuclear power plants,
alkaline tank waste, and spent fuel storage pool water.
The Mobile plant also produces the ADS-47 Parex
adsorbent, the latest generation of the company's Parex
The new adsorbent allows petrochemical producers to increase
yields of paraxylene by more than 20% over previous technology.
Paraxylene is a material used in the production of synthetic
fibers such as polyester as well as plastic bottles.
The plant also produces catalysts that help petrochemical producers increase
production while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas