IDV had a Fortune 500 client with an aggressive facility delivery schedule. To meet the needs of our client we knew the City of Pasadena’s cooperation was paramount to the project’s success. We called the Pasadena EDC to assist in coordinating a pre-development conference with key City personnel and foster our project through the approval process. The EDC was very proactive and supportive in our efforts to change the street name from Emerald Field Dr. to Flowserve Way. I would say the Pasadena Economic Development department is professional, responsive, friendly and a pleasure to work with.
COO Investment & Development Ventures, LLC
The industrial plant combines strategic location, large size capacity and world class alkoxylation technology to provide a broad portfolio of surfactants and specialty chemicals.
Pasadena, September 4th, 2018 – Oxiteno, one of the world’s largest ethoxylates producers, announced today the commencement of beneficial operations at its new 170,000 metric tons/year manufacturing plant in Pasadena, Texas. The new unit includes world class alkoxylation technology to ensure safety and environmental performance. It will serve as reliable domestic source of products for Oxiteno’s regional and global customers.
Oxiteno has invested around US$200 million over 6 years including site acquisition, plant construction, and R&D facilities while creating more than 120 jobs. The strategic US Gulf location allows easy access to key raw materials, logistics, and a specialized workforce. The company will produce a wide range of nonionic surfactants and specialty alkoxylates serving key markets such as agrochemicals, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, personal care, oilfield chemicals, paints & coatings.
“The start-up of our new alkoxylation plant in Texas is a key accomplishment in our journey to become a leading supplier of surfactants and specialty alkoxylates to US and global customers”, said Timothy Madden, Chief Operating Officer of Oxiteno in the US. “Our focus and expertise in this technology and broad portfolio of products and applications will fortify our ability to continue delivering value to our customers through being an innovative and agile solutions provider”.
“The investments in the US reflect Oxiteno’s long-term commitment to serving the domestic market at a different level and scale, complementing our existing production base in other important markets, such as Mexico and Brazil,” adds João Benjamin Parolin, Chief Executive Officer of Oxiteno.
Over the last years, Oxiteno has been pre-marketing its products in the US and has signed important agreements with different customers for the Pasadena site. In 2016, Oxiteno opened a technology center co-located at the University of Southern Mississippi to support the development of new products and react faster to market and customer requests.
Oxiteno, part of Ultra (B3: UGPA3; NYSE: UGP), is one of the leading producers of surfactants and specialty chemicals. The company develops innovative and sustainable solutions that supply multiple markets, such as agrochemicals, personal care, home care, oil & gas, paints and coatings. Oxiteno has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In the United States, Oxiteno’s industrial plant in Pasadena, TX, its main office in Houston, TX and R&D center in Hattiesburg, MS operate together, serving customers nationwide through different channels with a broad portfolio of products and solutions. For more information visit www.oxiteno.us.
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Bayport Polymers, LLC (“Bayport Polymers”) – a 50/50 joint venture owned by Total S.A. (“Total”) and Novealis Holdings LLC, itself a joint venture of Borealis AG (“Borealis”) and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (“NOVA Chemicals”) – announces the final investment decision to build a 625,000-ton-per-year polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas.
The new unit will use Borstar® technology and more than double the site’s polyethylene capacity to 1.1 Mt/y with a start-up scheduled in 2021. The contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the new unit has been awarded to McDermott and is expected to employ 1,750 staff during peak activity.