Chemtura dedicates new plant for urethanes and petroleum additives in China
Mary Page Bailey
Global specialty chemicals company Chemtura Corp. (Philadelphia, Pa.; www.chemtura.com) has opened its new multipurpose manufacturing facility in the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area in Nantong, China. The state-of-the-art facility, located in Jiangsu Province 80 miles northwest of Shanghai, will consist of three production units supporting Chemtura’s Industrial Performance Products segment, which includes petroleum additive and urethane products. The petroleum additives business requires local manufacturing and storage capabilities for some of its product lines in order to meet customer demand. These include synthetic finished fluids (refrigeration lubricants, air-compressor lubricants and gear oils) and calcium sulfonate complex grease. The first unit began producing calcium sulfonate grease in August, with production ramping up to commercial scale in the fourth quarter this year. The new plant features administrative and maintenance buildings, utilities, a centralized control room, and quality control labs. Construction began in March 2012. This facility, which was approved in 2011, stands as Chemtura’s largest single investment since the company’s formation in 2005 and the central site for manufacturing in Asia-Pacific, specifically in China.