Chinese Plant Project PPG and Henan Finish Construction of new Titanium Dioxide Plant
PPG and Henan Billions Chemical complete the Henan Billions’ titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing and research facility in the Henan Province of China. The facility is scheduled to go on–stream in 2015 to manufacture significant volumes of TiO2 using a chloride-based process.
Beijing/PR China – The 366,000-square-meter plant is expected to produce up to 100,000 metric tons of TiO2 per year, and has capabilities to expand capacity in the future. PPG intends to use TiO2 from China in the production of paints and other coatings. Additionally, the new site features a 12,000-square-meter enterprise technology center, which will enable close collaboration by the two companies to accelerate development, testing, and qualification of next generation chloride-based TiO2 from the newly commissioned plant.
Attending the ceremony from Henan Billions was Xu Gang, Chairman of the Board; Tan Ruiqing, Deputy Chairman of the Board; and Han Jianhua, General Manager. Attending the ceremony on behalf of PPG was executive vice president, Viktoras Sekmakas; chief technology officer and vice president, coatings research and development, Charles Kahle; and vice president, purchasing and logistics, Stephen Lampe.
“PPG values its partnership with Henan Billions and is pleased with the additional resources the new facility will provide for both companies. The pre-production batches at the facility have scaled up well and we are in the final stages of qualifying commercial quantities of product. With the quality demonstrated to date, PPG plans to significantly increase its purchase of TiO2 from the facility,” said Kahle. “This facility and our partnership with Henan Billions exemplify PPG’s commitment to securing the global supply of titanium dioxide needed to support our business.”
Completion of the facility follows an agreement established in 2012 between PPG and Henan Billions under which PPG licensed certain chloride-based technologies to Henan Billions. PPG also established a long-term supply agreement to purchase TiO2 from Henan Billions.
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