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Huntsman to expand global polyetheramines unit

The performance products division of Huntsman will expand its global polyetheramines (PEA) capacity by a minimum of 15% as a result of debottlenecking three of its PEA manufacturing plants globally, the company announced on Thursday.

The financial investment and capacity were not disclosed.

Expansion is currently underway in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The company expects projects at its Conroe, Texas (US), Llanelli, Wales (UK) and Singapore sites to be fully operational by May 2014.

"In addition to an increase in capacity, these debottlenecking projects will enhance Huntsman's manufacturing flexibility globally," said Stu Monteith, president of Huntsman's performance products business.  "No disruptions in production are expected during this period."

Polyetheramines improve the performance of epoxy systems that are used in industrial and decorative coatings and sports equipment such as tennis racquets, skis and hockey sticks. 

With new amine applications emerging frequently, Huntsman says it is forecasting significant mid-term growth in the sector.

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