Germany: Carboxylic Acids Oxea Announces Plans to Expand Production Capacities at Oberhausen Plant

Editor: Alexander Stark

Oxea plans to significantly expand its supply of carboxylic acids in the short to medium term. To this end, the company is already evaluating various strategic options for its worldwide production sites to be able to meet increasing global demand in the future.

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Carboxylic Acids Production Unit in Oberhausen, Germany
Carboxylic Acids Production Unit in Oberhausen, Germany
(Source: Oxea)

Monheim am Rhein/Germany — Carboxylic acids from the supplier are used, among other things, for the production of synthetic lubricants, to improve feed hygiene or as building blocks for antibiotic-free feed additives.

According to Dr. Ina Werxhausen, Global Commercial Business Director Acids & Esters Value Chain of Oxea, the market segments in which customers use carboxylic acids offered exciting development opportunities. Isononanoic acid, for example, was an important component in the production of high-performance synthetic lubricants for environmentally friendly refrigeration systems. Due to strict environmental protocols and regulatory requirements, the demand for such synthetic lubricants had increased rapidly worldwide, she commented. To further support the growth of their customers, the company analyzed the markets and include their development in their production planning, she continued.

N-Butyric acid AF (animal feed grade) is important for customers in the animal feed industry. They use the salts and esters of the butyric acid to formulate animal feed for aquaculture, poultry, pigs and ruminants, which is free of antibiotic performance enhancers. Consumers' awareness of such issues has risen sharply, explained Svea Meuser, regional Commercial Business manager with Oxea.

The sustained strong demand encouraged the company to invest significantly in the strategic expansion of their production capacities for carboxylic acids, said Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, Oxea’s Executive Vice President Global Operations. With the investments, the manufacturer supported the market growth, and would be able to supply customers both today and in the future, he said.

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