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Plant Watch Lanxess expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo September 11, 2014 — Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo, China. The new pigment plant will have an initial capacity of 25,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of iron oxide red pigments. The mixing and milling plant will have a capacity of 70,000 m.t./yr. The plants are scheduled to start production in the first quarter of 2016.   Huber Engineered Materials expands alumina trihydrate capacity in Arkansas September 10, 2014 — Huber Engineered Materials (Atlanta, Ga.; www.hubermaterials.com) has increased capacity at its precipitated alumina trihydrate plant in Bauxite, Ark. by 30%. A second phase of investment in capacity expansion in Bauxite is targeted for completion in 2015.   Momentive completes production facility for epoxy resins and curing agents September 9, 2014 — Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; www. momentive.com) has completed construction of a facility that will produce epoxy resins and curing agents in Itatiba, Brazil. The epoxy resins and curing agents will be used for large-diameter wind-turbine blades.   Exxon…
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