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Cathay Industries expands iron oxide pigments production in China

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Leading global iron oxide pigment manufacturer Cathay Industries is set to expand its state-of-the-art iron oxide pigments production facility in Tongling, China.

Expansion of iron oxide pigments production in Tongling (PRC). Source: Cathay Industries

Expansion of iron oxide pigments production in Tongling (PRC). Source: Cathay Industries

Following recent expansions at its Yixing site, the company is strengthening its manufacturing capabilities at its flagship site in Tongling, China, in a joint venture with Tonghua Group (Rely Science & Technology Co Ltd).

Move signifies next phase of the global growth

Cathay Industries Group CEO Terence Yu said, "This move signifies the next phase of our global growth and development strategy, while demonstrating leadership in the market in terms of both technology solutions and environmental responsibility and sustainability.” This phase 2 expansion will add 20,000 MT per annum (mtpa) of high-performance iron oxide pigments to the 65,000 MT site’s current capacity using our leading technology while meeting the highest environmental standards. With the ever-increasing pressure on global manufacturing facilities to operate responsibly, this expansion will provide the long-term sustainable supply the market requires.

Breaking ground with a new range of iron oxide pigments

Already awarded silver status from corporate social responsibility certifier "Ecovadis", Cathay has implemented sustainability plans to achieve its gold status. The expansion supports the Cathay's Group’s transformative growth strategy, globally, particularly the consistent growth of its high-quality "Cathaycoat" product range, which already provides advanced solutions in the highly technical and demanding coatings and paint markets.

Yu said, "With advancements to our proven iron oxide production technology, we will break new ground with a new range of high-chroma red iron oxide pigments, which are proven to effectively replace copperas reds in both solvent and waterborne systems. This will position Cathay as the leading supplier of high-performance pigments with unique and sustainable product offerings.”

Phase 2 of Cathay's expansion will provide

  • 10,000 mtpa of high-quality precipitated yellow iron oxide for coatings and paints
  • 5,000 mtpa of high-quality precipitated red iron oxide for coating and paints
  • 5,000 mtpa of cGMP high-purity pigments (yellow, red, black) 

Phase 2 expansions have commenced and commissioning of the new facility is targeted for first quarter 2018.

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