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Basic Chemicals Vertellus Doubles Alkane Production Capacity in Zeeland

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

100% increase in production capacity positions Vertellus as a low-cost, global supplier of alkanes as phase change material (PCM) market approaches US $ 100 million.

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Zeeeland, Michigan/USA – Speciality chemicals company Vertellus has doublesd the production capacity for alkane at its site in Zeeelan, Michigan. The company has invested in new production equipment and infrastructure improvements that boost alkane production capacity 100 % above prior levels, speakers explained. Vertellus expects alkanes to be one of several innovative chemistries supplying a phase change material (PCM) market anticipated to exceed $100 million by 2020.

The capacity expansion in Zeeland follows Vertellus’ recent acquisition of Pentagon Chemicals in the U.K. and Dow Chemical Company’s sodium borohydride (SBH) business. “As we integrate new assets, we continue to identify opportunities for our existing facilities to meet demand for specialized chemistries, including alkanes,” Vertellus CEO Rich Preziotti said.

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North America’s competitive feedstock costs resulting from low natural gas prices are helping drive Vertellus’ alkane production efficiencies, Preziotti believes. The company initiated the Zeeland upgrades in 2014, the same year it commercialized hexadecane (A16T). With added alkane production capacity in place, Vertellus will develop eicosane (A20T) in its 2015 pipeline. Octadecane (A18T) represents the company’s largest category of alkane production due to its ability to absorb and release heat close to the human body temperature. Vertellus also offers specialized chemistries and high purity grades to serve customers’ unique needs.

Global Product Manager Ami El Agizy, said the company’s value proposition in the alkane market is based on providing the greatest amount of energy (latent heat) per gram delivered per cost of PCM material. “The Zeeland facility’s expanded production capacity positions Vertellus to serve as a high-volume, low-cost supplier of alkanes to customers in several industries including bedding, textiles and construction,” El Agizy stated.

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