Exton, Pennsylvania -- The Hydrocarbon Specialty Chemical (HSC) division of Cray Valley will build a new manufacturing facility in Beaumont, Texas to produce hydrogenated tackifying resins. Cray Valley announced 27 April that its parent company Total has approved the project.
These resins will be based on a new, proprietary base resin, said Cray Valley.
The project will initially have 20-kilotonnes-per-annum (ktpa) capacity and is expected to be online in the fourth quarter of 2012. A second 20-ktpa expansion will follow, the company said.
"This significant investment demonstrates Total's commitment to grow its presence in hydrocarbon specialty chemicals," said Charles-Henri Robert, HSC president, in the company statement.
"This, along with the recent investment to increase Poly bd resin capacity 40 percent at our Channelview, Texas plant, establishes a firm platform for HSC's future growth," Reovert added.
Cray Valley HSC claims to be "a world leader in C5 and C9 tackifying resins."
Hydrogenated tackifying resins are uses to make adhesives for hygiene applications and as modifiers in plastics. The low colour and low odour of these resins makes them ideal for the most demanding adhesive formulations.
Cray Valley Hydrocarbon Specialty Chemical part of Total Group provides hydrocarbon resins, Norsolene and Wingtack tackifying resins, along with Poly bd, Ricon, Krasol, SMA resins and metallic coagents. These products are used as raw materials for adhesives, rubber and other uses.