Clariant opens polypropylene catalyst plant in Louisville, US


Specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened its new polypropylene (PP) catalyst production facility at Louisville, Kentucky, US.

The new plant is developed in cooperation with CB&I. With it, the Louisville site becomes Clariant's largest US production hub for catalysts.

The site includes sales, technical service and centre, R&D, pilot plants and production sections.

This PP facility will also boost the company’s growth in North America. In the last few years, Clariant has bolstered its presence in the region. In the last four years, its sale improved from $939m in 2011 to $1.1bn in 2015.

Clariant has 1,800 employees who work across 41 locations.

"This facility will ensure high-quality and high-capacity catalysts output for our customers and the polypropylene industry."

In addition to its catalysts business, Clariant is concentrating on supporting US customers through its oil services and industrial and consumer specialties businesses.

Clariant CEO Hariolf Kottmann said: "The new production plant in Louisville marks a significant step forward for our catalysts business unit.

“Our catalysts contribute extensively to value creation in our customers' operations, and the catalysts coming from this special plant will help to ensure that raw materials and energy are used efficiently in polypropylene production.”

CB&I president and CEO Philip K. Asherman said: “We are pleased to partner with Clariant in developing this state-of-the-art catalyst facility. This facility will ensure high-quality and high-capacity catalysts output for our customers and the polypropylene industry."


Image: Clariant's new polypropylene catalyst production facility in Louisville. Photo: courtesy of Clariant.