Albemarle shut n-butyllithium production in US

Albemarle to shut n-butyllithium production in US

5:23 AM, 14th July 2015
Albemarle to shut n-butyllithium production in US

BATON ROUGE, US: Albemarle Corporation said it intends to transfer production of n-butyllithium from its facility in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, to existing plants in Germany and Taiwan. The transfer process is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2016.

While production of n-butyllithium will be transferred to Germany and Taiwan, the New Johnsonville facility will continue to manufacture some specialty lithium products and will support blending operations for customers in North America, it said.

“Our resulting operational savings are critical to maintaining our leadership position in the lithium market,” said Raphael Crawford, vice president, Albemarle’s synthesis and polymer solutions division.

“Due to global shifts in demand for n-butyllithium, our assets in Germany and Taiwan are more strategically located to support our future growth in this industry,” said Michael Wilson, president, Albemarle’s performance chemicals business unit.

“Rationalization of our New Johnsonville capacity supports our stated intent to capitalize on synergies resulting from our recent acquisition of Rockwood Holdings Inc. The combination of the Albemarle and Rockwood lithium organometallics platforms has made us a clear leader in high value metal alkyls for synthesis, polymer and electronics markets, and we will continue to focus on controlling costs to maintain that leadership,” added Wilson.

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