Neville Prior

Huntsman completes new plant in Italy

Neville Prior  8 July 2014 10:11:19 PM
Chemical company Huntsman has announced that it has completed the transformation of its titanium dioxide pigment manufacturing facility at Scarlino, Italy which saw a €38m investment.
The new plant means Huntsman can now use a wider range of feedstock to produce its Tioxide and Altiris pigments and convert spent acid from TiO2 pigment manufacturing into valuable iron sulfate products for the water treatment, animal feed and cement markets, it says.
In addition to the new iron sulfate plant, a new heat and power co-generation facility has been built by EDF Fenice, an energy services subsidiary of EDF Group, to provide electricity to the entire site. Huntsman states that operation of the new facilities is expected to reduce the carbon intensity of the site by around 30%.
Scott Anderson, Huntsman Pigments’ vice president for eco products, manufacturing and technology said: “The new plant will help to transform our efficiency, sustainability and cost effectiveness. It will help make the whole site more competitive and sustainable.”
Work started on the plant in March 2013 and it is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2014.
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