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Topsøe opens new sulfuric-acid-catalyst production plant in Texas  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) recently opened a new plant at its production site in Bayport, Texas, which is currently the company’s second largest in the world. The new plant is devoted to producing Topsøe’s VK portfolio of extruded catalysts that are used for the production of sulfuric acid. The decision to build a new plant was made by Topsøe’s board of directors in 2012 because the company was not capable of meeting growing demand. Construction began during the spring of 2013 and production was successfully started in May of this year. “The new VK plant has nearly doubled our production capacity and is designed for additional expansion in the future. It will become a global resource center for our company supplying primarily North America, but also the Chinese and South American markets and in a longer term perspective also Africa,” says Henrik Guldberg Petersen, group vice president for catalyst production in Topsøe. According to Henrik the plant investment in Bayport also makes up an important prerequisite for the company’s overall strategic growth effort. “In addition to the VK plant, we recently opened a major extension to our catalyst…
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