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Specialty Chemical Leader Announces Pasadena Expansion


Oxiteno, a leader in the production of surfactants and specialty chemicals in Latin America, owned by Ultrapar multibusiness company, announces the expansion of its operation in the United States, investing in the construction of a new alkoxylation unit in Pasadena, Texas, USA. The plant will start operation in the last quarter of 2017, and will have production capacity around 170,000 tons/year.

In addition to the new plant, the company will expand the service structure with total focus on the customer, with expansion of its commercial and technical services team as well as the local Research & Development structure.

The logistics structure will include distribution centers around the country to ensure the service to all regions of the U.S. These actions consolidate the company in an outstanding position, with broad geographic coverage, allowing better customer service in Americas.

The new unit will be fully integrated to the company´s activities in North America. With this investment, Oxiteno further expands its portfolio of surfactants and specialty chemicals and its alkoxylation technology with focus on local Agrochemicals, Personal Care, Home Care and I&I, Paints & Coatings, and Oil & Gas markets.

The growth plan is part of an ongoing strategy of investing throughout the Americas, which consists of the acquisitions of industrial plants in Mexico in 2003 and 2004, the opening of Oxiteno's first commercial office in the USA in 2007, and the addition of units in Venezuela and Uruguay, in 2007 and 2012 respectively.

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