PHILADELPHIA (March 19, 2012)—Chemtura Corp. said it is increasing capacity for its Adiprene and Vibrathane high-performance polyurethane prepolymers at the company's Latina Scalo facility in Italy.
Engineering work at the Latina site is already complete, said Chemtura, adding that it has already begun the startup of the additional production.
Stephen Lewis, EMEA business director, Chemtura Urethanes, said growing demand for Adiprene/Vibrathane prepolymers has motivated the decision to increase capacity in Europe.
“Local manufacturing capacity is critical to the Urethanes business,” Lewis said. “Our customers need the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to local market demand and to satisfy their own customers' lead-time requirements. The additional capacity at Latina will provide the flexibility our customers need to remain competitive.”
Matthew Hellstern, president, Chemtura Urethanes, said the company is also planning to enhance its EMEA technical development center, also based at Latina. This will enable Chemtura to offer customers in the region even better technical support, Hellstern said.