Chemtura expands co-catalysts output in Germany

Chemtura has started up production after its world-scale expansion project for AXION MAO (methylaluminoxane) in Bergkamen, Germany, the US-based specialty chemicals company said Friday.

“This is another important milestone in executing Chemtura Organometallics’ growth strategy by servicing our customers with essential polymerization co-catalysts,” said Dr. Ulrich Stewen, general manager of Chemtura and president of Chemtura Organometallics.

The additional AXION MAO manufacturing capacity first came on-stream in July, as scheduled, he said.

“This expansion, as well as the ongoing enhancements of our global supply chain capabilities, will further increase the security of supply for our customers’ high-growth engineered-polymer projects,” Dr. Stewen said.

“The expansion is fully backwards integrated based on our onsite trimethylaluminum (TMA) production. This critical TMA feedstock, as well as our container fleet, are continuously being adjusted to satisfy the growing market demand.”

A constant and reliable quality is essential for the performance of MAO used as a co-catalyst in single-site catalyst technologies, according to Chemtura officials.

The expanded MAO production is an exact replication of Chemtura’s engineering and process technology, the company says.

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