A renowned name in bulk and specialty chemicals industry, Clariant, has recently announced that it has successfully completed the expansion of its Maine plant in Lewiston, ME. With this facility, Clariant is expected to expand its reach in U.S. masterbatch market by significantly increasing the production of medical plastic compounds, cite reliable sources.
According to Plastics Today, Clariant’s move of expanding its production capacities comes on the heels of the exponentially rising demand for specialized compounds and masterbatches from the soaring medical, packaging, and automotive sectors.
For the record, the Swiss specialty chemical company had announced that the new production site will focus on materials including ABS, polycarbonate, polyolefins, PC alloys, and specialty resins such as cyclic olefins and thermoplastic urethanes. The new facility was also reported to produce pre-colored compounds and masterbatches that finds immense scope in medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging applications, expanding the scope of masterbatch market.
This new facility, which has witnessed a 40% expansion, features a complete range of extrusion equipment, weighing stations, maintenance area, material handling, and additional water cooling capacity. Experts analyze this infrastructural upgradation of the Lewiston plant to enable rapid production of large batch sizes of pre-colored medical polymer compounds from 6,000 to 12,000 pounds or more under the brand name MEVOPUR.
Last month, the company had made it to the headlines for opening a new masterbatch production facility in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. According to Chem Europe, this new state-of-the-art masterbatch production facility was a result of joint effort between Clariant and Rowad to expand their global network and provide innovative solutions. As per speculations, this deal may have a remarkable influence on the growth prospects of the regional masterbatch industry.
For the record, Clariant’s Lewiston plant is one among the three global sites that are facilitated to produce masterbatches and pre-colored plastic compounds. The other two facilities are located in Singapore and Malmö, Sweden.