The products from Clear Lake are mainly used in home and personal care, textile, construction and other industrial applications.
The expansion includes new reactors and additional storage facilities, bringing the overall ethoxylation capacity to more than 125 000 metric tons from 95 thousand metric tons at present. Products manufactured include high molecular weight polyethylene glycols (PEGs), alcohol ethoxylates, sodium isethionates and ethoxylated specialties.
The new plant will go online in mid-2015.
“Ethoxylated products including polyethylene glycols are a cornerstone of our growth strategy, especially for the fast growing markets in the Americas with their greater demand for personal and home care products,” said Michael Willome, head of the business unit ICS.