Oxiteno announced the commencement of beneficial operations at its new 170,000 metric tons/year manufacturing plant in Pasadena, Texas. The new unit includes alkoxylation technology to ensure safety and environmental performance.
Oxiteno invested around $200 million over 6 years for site acquisition, plant construction, and R&D facilities while creating more than 120 jobs.
The company will produce a wide range of nonionic surfactants and specialty alkoxylates serving key markets such as agrochemicals; home care; industrial and institutional cleaning; personal care; oilfield chemicals; and paints and coatings.
“The start-up of our new alkoxylation plant in Texas is a key accomplishment in our journey to become a leading supplier of surfactants and specialty alkoxylates to U.S. and global customers”, said Timothy Madden, chief operating officer of Oxiteno in the U.S. “Our focus and expertise in this technology and broad portfolio of products and applications will fortify our ability to continue delivering value to our customers through being an innovative and agile solutions provider”.
“The investments in the US reflect Oxiteno’s long-term commitment to serving the domestic market at a different level and scale, complementing our existing production base in other important markets, such as Mexico and Brazil,” Oxiteno CEO João Benjamin Parolin added.
In 2016, Oxiteno opened a technology center co-located at the University of Southern Mississippi to support the development of new products and react faster to market and customer requests.