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Huber Announces Capacity Expansion for Fine Precipitated Martinal® LEO Products is Nearing Completion

ATLANTA, GA (US), October 8, 2019 - The Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business unit, part of the Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces its Fine Precipitated Hydrate (FPH) phase two capacity expansion project at the Martinswerk Plant, which was approved in March 2018, is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

This substantial investment increases FPH production capacity at Martinswerk for high quality MARTINAL® LEO grades about 20 percent. The expansion project represents the single largest investment made over the last 40 years at Martinswerk and will also result in the delivery of several significant sustainability improvements (e.g., water reduction) in line with company objectives. 

“This investment underlines the commitment towards our customers to support their growth and our strategy to grow and strengthen our global halogen-free fire retardant business. We are proud that our engineering and operations teams will complete such a large and complex project on time,” says Martin Schulting, Managing Director of Huber’s Martinswerk FRA business unit in EMEA+I.  “We continue to position ourselves as a reliable and trustworthy supplier of high quality products, which bring value to our customers,” he adds.

The MARTINAL® LEO fine precipitated alumina hydrate grades offer consistently superior processing properties and serve as the company’s global product platform for its customers.

Huber is a global leader in the production of alumina trihydrate and magnesium hydroxide 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 almost 40 years, manufacturing a large portfolio of value-added MARTINAL®, Hydral®, Hymod® and Micral® alumina trihydrates; MAGNIFIN®, Vertex® and Zerogen® magnesium hydroxides; and Kemgard® molybdate compounds 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, Huber produces MARTOXID® calcined aluminium oxides, COMPALOX® specialty oxides, and PERGOPAK® carriers and matting agents.


About Huber Engineered Materials
Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), 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, agricultural and consumer applications. It has a portfolio of high value products: specialty alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, molybdate compounds and industrial, food and USP grade calcium carbonate.
About J.M. Huber Corporation
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey (US), operates a diverse portfolio of companies: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods and Huber Resources Corp. With locations around the world, our businesses create products used in a broad range of applications including personal care, food and beverage, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, building materials, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, as well as sustainable forestry services. Founded in 1883, Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies based in the US.

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