Clariant on Monday unveiled plans to expand production
capacity for Houdry dehydrogenation catalysts.
The expansion will be achieved by a
multi-million dollar investment at its current plant in
Louisville, Kentucky, according to the company.
The expanded production is planned to start up in September
Clariant said the significant increase in catalyst demand is
based on surging ethylene production derived from shale gas
without C3- and C4-olefins byproducts.
The Houdry catalysts are part of the catalyst
portfolio from Clariants business unit Catalysis &
Energy (formerly Süd-Chemie). The business is
headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has 16 catalyst
production sites worldwide.
The first expansion investment in Louisville
will further strengthen our position in the market for
Houdry catalysts and allows us to cover catalyst
requirements from our customers, said Harm Scheepstra,
head of the catalysis and energy segment.
The Houdry catalysts are used in the petrochemical sector to produce C3-
and C4-olefins from light paraffins (including butadiene) using
the CATOFIN and CATADIENE technologies,
exclusively licensed through CB&Is Lummus Technology,