Grace completes silica capacity expansion in Malaysia – Chemical Engineering


By Mary Page Bailey |

W.R. Grace & Co. (Columbia, Md.) announced completion of the expansion of its manufacturing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia.

Kuantan, the capital and major seaport town of Pahang, Malaysia, has been home to Grace Specialty Chemicals Sdn Bhd since 1996. The expansion is Grace’s fourth extension of the plant since its inception and a direct result of growing worldwide demand for Grace’s specialty silica solutions.

Leading, global organizations leverage Grace micronized amorphous silica across a broad range of industries including coatings, plastics, paper, beverage, edible oil, and biodiesel. The plant expansion is a direct result of continued demand for Grace silica gel solutions.

Grace silica gel is used in a growing list of applications, including TRISYL silica for the purification of biodiesel, biofuel, and edible oil; DARACLAR silica for stabilization and selective adsorption of haze-forming proteins in beverages; SYLOID silica for matting furniture, coils, textile, and leather; and SYLOBLOC silica used as an anti-blocking solution for plastic films and bags.

“The Kuantan expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to support sustained market strength and global customer demand,” said Sandra Wisniewski, President, Grace Materials Technologies. “With the expansion of our Worms, Germany facility in June 2020, Grace continues to showcase our customer commitment in both EMEA and Asia Pacific, and I am confident that we are successfully positioning ourselves for ongoing growth trajectory.”

James Qiu, Director, Sales, Asia Pacific added: “Our silica gel solutions continue to deliver value across a growing number of global and national customers who operate in increasingly stringent markets. Grace technology continues to evolve to address ongoing regulatory and environmental sustainability requirements, and our expansion will undoubtedly play a major role in that continued effort.” 07:00:00

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