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Huber's Fire Retardant Additives Business Announces Significant Capacity Expansion at its Martinswerk Plant in Bergheim, Germany

Huber's Martinswerk Plant in Bergheim, Germany Increasing Capacity of its Martinal® Fine Precipitated ATH by 10%

ATLANTA, GA (U.S.), September 21, 2016 - The Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business unit, part of the Huber Engineered Materials division of J.M. Huber Corporation (Huber), announces a 10% capacity expansion of its Martinal® fine precipitated alumina trihydrate production at its newly acquired Martinswerk Plant in Bergheim, Germany.  The additional capacity is projected for completion by the third quarter of 2017.  This addition follows a 20% capacity expansion in precipitated alumina trihydrate just completed at Huber’s Bauxite, Arkansas facility in the United States.

The investment by Huber in additional capacity in Bergheim commences only seven months after the February acquisition of Martinswerk GmbH, including the joint venture interest in Magnifin Magnesiaprodukte GmbH & Co KG.  “This investment is the first in a series of expansions planned for Bergheim as we begin implementing our longer term strategy for the business,” says Jerry Bertram, Vice President and General Manager of Huber’s FRA business unit.

“The capacity expansion is part of our ongoing global growth plan and underlines Huber’s commitment to the non-halogenated fine precipitated fire retardant market and enables us to meet increasing demand from our valued customers,” adds Martin Schulting, Managing Director of Huber’s FRA European operations.

Huber is a global leader in the production of fine precipitated alumina trihydrate and magnesium hydroxide, both non-halogenated fire retardants.  Its FRA business unit has four manufacturing sites in North America and two in Europe. 

Huber has been a trusted supplier of non-halogenated flame retardants and smoke suppressants for more than 30 years, manufacturing a large portfolio of value-added Martinal®, Hydral®, Hymod® and Micral® alumina trihydrate, Magnifin®, Vertex® and Zerogen® magnesium hydroxide and Kemgard® molybdate smoke suppressants for a variety of end-use applications, including reinforced polyester molding and pultrusion, engineering thermoplastics, roofing, silicone rubber, wire and cable, coatings and carpet backing.  In addition, Martinswerk produces Compalox® specialty oxides, Martoxid® calcined aluminium oxides and Pergopak® carriers and matting agents.


About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.), is a global business focused on engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial and consumer-based applications.  With an expertise in inorganic materials, it has a portfolio of high value products: alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, molybdate compounds, specialty silicas and silicates, and industrial, food and USP grade calcium carbonate.
About J.M. Huber Corporation (www.huber.com)
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey (U.S.), operates a portfolio of companies with a focus on its core engineered materials businesses. Founded in 1883, today Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies in the U.S.  The diversified, multinational company creates products that are used in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications, including oral care, personal care, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and building materials.

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