Chemtura Organometallics has announced the commencement of its planned global level expansion for its methylaluminoxane or AXION MAO production at its manufacturing plant located at Bergkamen in Germany.
According to Dr. Ulrich Stewen, President of Chemtura Organometallics and General Manager at Chemtura, the expansion bid is a significant milestone in the growth strategy devised by Chemtura Organometallics to fulfill customer requirements by supplying crucial polymerization co-catalysts. The augmented production capacity for AXION MAO was on-stream in July of this year. The AXION MAO capacity expansion is a complete backward integration strategy as MAO is essential for the production of trimethylaluminum (TMA) by Chemtura.
Dr. Stewen stated that AXION MAO, the critical raw material for TMA and the company’s container fleet are adjusted continuously to fulfill the increasing market demand. Dr. Stewen also stated that the production capacity expansion of AXION MAO along with the company’s ongoing efforts to improve their supply chain capabilities at the global level will enhance security of supply for the engineered polymer projects undertaken by Chemtura’s customers.
The performance of MAO when employed as a co-catalyst in technologies featuring single-site catalyst depends on consistency of quality of MAO. Since the augmented AXION MAO facility is an exact reproduction of the proven engineering and process technology developed by Chemtura, the same customized, high quality AXION MAO grades can be delivered by Chemtura Organometallics from the additional plant.
Chemtura Organometallics is the wholly owned subsidiary of Chemtura Corporation. The company manufactures agrochemicals, specialty chemicals, homecare, pool and spa products. Chemtura and its subsidiaries generated total revenue of US $3 billion in 2011.