Despite what it described as a lull in demand, Akzo Nobel announced that it will expand its phosphate ester lubricant additive plant in Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va.
Akzo Nobel officials said capacity at the plant will increase by 50 percent, although they did not disclose the capacity or say how much the project will cost. They also linked the expansion to a decision by Great Lakes Chemical to close its phosphate ester plant in Nitro, W.Va., late last year.
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Akzo Nobel officials said existing capacity meets market demand at the moment, but they expect demand to increase when the economy improves.