VANCOUVER, Wash.—Several factors, including raw materials and shipping costs as well as supply-and-demand balances, have led Emerald Kalama Chemical to increase prices ffor various products.
Emerald said it would raise prices by to $150 per metric ton on its K-FLEX plasticizers and coalescents, and up to $120 per ton on Purox benzoates and Kalama benzoates, along with Benzaldehyde products. The price increases, which take effect June 1 or as contracts allow, will vary by grade and region.
Based in Vancouver, Emerald supplies specialty chemicals to the food and industrial sectors. Its products are used in applications such as cosmetics, toothpaste, paint, tires and sports gear. The firm has two business groups, and employs 700 throughout its six operations.