Ineos Silica announced invenstments to expand capacity and supply the growing markets for silica gels and polyolefin catalysts. The company will make expenditures in its Joliet, IL and Warrington, UK plants to increase capacity for key products in the coatings, plastics and beverages markets by 20%, company executives said. Plant commissioning will be carried out in the fourth quarter, with increased capacity expected to be available in 2005.
In a separate move, the first phase of a major investment in polyolefin catalyst manufacturing capacity has been given the go-ahead. Expenditure will focus on the Warrington, UK plant and is expected to increase capacity for silica-based, chromium-coated catalysts by 30%.