Oxea Builds Esters Plant

Oxea Chemicals finished construction of a specialty esters plant in Nanjing, China. Some of the output will go to the lubricants industry for applications such as refrigeration lubes.

Oxea, which is based in Oberhausen, Germany, did not disclose the cost or size of the new plant but said it will increase the companys global capacity for specialty esters by 40 percent. Until now, all of the companys capacity for such products has been in Europe.

Oxea said it built the plant to accommodate the regions growing demand and that it may enlarge the facility in the future.

With the start-up of the new plant we will be able to serve our customers in China and the

Asia-Pacific region better and will at the same time strengthen Oxeas leading global market position further, said Miguel Mantas, a member of Oxeas executive board member with global responsibility for commercial activities. In view of rising customer demand, it is important to note that here in Nanjing we will have sufficient space and infrastructure to implement further expansions, also for other product lines.

The Nanjing plant is now in its commissioning and start-up phase. Oxea is owned by Oman Oil Co.