Albemarle has successfully started up a new catalyst
manufacturing plant at its facility in Yeosu, South Korea, the
company announced on Thursday.
The plant will produce commercial quantities of single-site
metallocene catalysts, including grades enhanced by Albemarle's
proprietary ActivCat activation technology, as well as catalyst
components such as methylaluminoxane (MAO).
"The commercial unit in Yeosu is the latest in a series of
investments that we have undertaken to meet the growing global
demand for metallocene and single site finished catalysts,"
said Amy Hebert, vice president of Albemarle's global catalysts
"With these new assets, we are not only increasing capacity and
improving our portfolio, we are bringing the finished product
closer to the end-user," she added.
With the new plant, Albemarle says its Yeosu facility offers
a fully-integrated platform able to produce lab, pilot and
commercial quantities of metallocene catalysts to
support demand from polyolefin producers around the
world, including those in the Asia-Pacific region.
"With metallocene catalyst production capabilities located
in both Yeosu and Baton Rouge, we now offer customers around
the world an unmatched security of supply," said Raphael
Crawford, vice president of Albemarle's performance catalyst
solutions division. "And, our integrated scale-up
capabilities enable us to partner with customers for increased