Expansion Project 2004
Veendam, October 1 2002
Kisuma Chemicals BV has granted the project for expanding the capacity of its current plant for producing specialty magnesium compounds in Veendam, the Netherlands, to a consortium of regional consultants and engineers Tebodin (Groningen, NL) and Wieringa (Veendam, NL).
The target completion date for this project, that is aiming for 40% increase of the current nameplate capacity of approx. 10.000 mt, is set in the course of Q3 2003. Investments will be in the range of Euro 4.5 mln. Furthermore, the quoted consortium will also elaborate on subsequent further expansion options for the future. Decisions about such may be expected in the course of 2003.
Kisuma Chemicals BV is the European affiliate of Kyowa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. from Japan. Since 1999 it operates a new plant in the North of the Netherlands that is serving the polymer producing and processing industry with heat stabilizing, acid scavenging and flame retardant products. Also marketing and sales (worldwide excluding Asia-Pacific) is coordinated from its head office in Veendam.
In 2001, the turn-over amounted approx. Euro 14 mln. For the near future a sharp increase in turn-over is foreseen.
One of the main markets for Kisuma’s products is for the use as heat stabilizer in PVC applications. Especially in Europe, recently a trend away from lead containing stabilizers towards environmentally more acceptable alternatives may be observed. Kisuma’s Alcamizer hydrotalcite products are key components for such. The upcoming EU legislation aimed to ban lead containing wire and cables in new cars to be put on the market as from July 1, 2003 has resulted in a sharply increased demand for hydrotalcite products. The voluntary commitment of the joint EU PVC producing and processing industry to eliminate the use of lead containing stabilizers in all other, both rigid and flexible, applications step by step towards 2015 is expected to enhance the sales of Kisuma’s products even further in the years to come.
The projected expansion is supposed to be sufficient to cover the market needs for the short term. For the longer term, however, additional capacity will be necessary to safeguard the future suppliability of Kisuma’s products in its markets.