Albemarle Builds in South Korea To Meet Regional Growth in Metallocene Polyolefin Market and High Brightness LEDs

Sep 14, 2010 Albemarle Corporation announced that it has begun its largest capital investment in the Asia Pacific region of Yeosu, South Korea.

The Yeosu site contains existing R&D as well as pilot plant equipment that will be modified to enable customer qualification efforts in 2010. The site will effectively mirror Albemarle's world scale metallocene polyolefin catalyst and Trimethyl Gallium (TMG) capabilities located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Albemarle will build on its leading supply and technology position in metallocene catalysts by leveraging its breakthrough ActivCat(TM) technology for polyolefin production. The company will also leverage its 50+ years of production experience in metal organics to supply High Purity Metal Organics (HPMOs) such as TMG to the High Brightness LED (HBLED) market.

The Yeosu site will be capable of producing mPO catalyst lab samples followed by pilot samples for qualification trials with local customers this year. Intermediate commercial operations will begin in mid-2011, with the commercial facility being fully operational in 2012. The site will produce finished catalysts, activators like methylaluminoxane (MAO) and organoborons, as well as metallocene components. The site will also purify metal organics, creating a portfolio of HPMOs for electronic applications. TMG production will begin in early 2011, with other HPMOs phased into the project throughout 2011.

www.albemarle.com


Author:  BIO T&T

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