Elkem has plans to increase the production capacity of pitch, a raw material for electrode paste to industrial smelters, in Brazil. The hefty investment is expected to increase the production capacity by up to 40 per cent from 2024, and generate additional annual sales in excess of 30 million dollars.
Oslo/Norway – Elkem has decided to invest around 20 million dollars to increase its production capacity in Brazil for pitch. The investment is based on well-known technology and constitutes an expansion of a running Elkem facility, thereby further improving productivity and profitability. The increased production of high-quality products will be supplied to a major customer on a long-term contract.
Elkem will also have options to sell additional supply to others. The investment will increase the production capacity by up to 40 per cent from 2024, and is expected to generate additional annual sales in excess of 30 million dollars.
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Pitch is produced based on byproducts from the steel industry. It is both a raw material in Elkem’s electrode paste production and an end-product that is sold in the external market, mainly to the aluminium industry. Carbon solutions support the production of the metals that the world needs.
The investment will expand the Elkem Carboderivados plant established in Brazil in 1987, contributing to secure local jobs and ripple effects in greater Vitoria, State of Espirito Santo. The flexible production setup of the facility allows it to meet the market needs quickly and deliver tailor-made products to its customers. The plant also has an integrated management system for quality, safety and environment. Brazil largely relies on hydropower for its electricity generation.
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