Oxiteno Starts Up Its New Alkoxylation Plant in Pasadena, Texas

Oxiteno has announced the commencement of beneficial operations at its new 170,000 metric tons/year manufacturing plant in Pasadena, Tex. According to the company, the unit includes world class alkoxylation technology to ensure safety and environmental performance. It will serve as a reliable domestic source of products for Oxiteno’s regional and global customers, Oxiteno stated.

Oxiteno has invested around US $200 million over six years including site acquisition, plant construction, and R&D facilities while reportedly creating more than 120 jobs. Oxiteno stated that the strategic U.S. Gulf location allows easy access to key raw materials, logistics, and a specialized workforce. The company reported that it will produce a wide range of nonionic surfactants and specialty alkoxylates serving key markets such as agrochemicals, home care, industrial and institutional cleaning, personal care, oilfield chemicals, and paints and 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 U.S. and global customers,” said Timothy Madden, chief operating officer of Oxiteno in the U.S. “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.”

Over the last years, Oxiteno has been pre-marketing its products in the United States 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.